RESCUERS in Kyrgyzstan's Pamir-Alai mountain range say they are preparing to launch a search for missing Russian climber Evgeniy Glazunov at first light on Wednesday.

Search for missing climber Evgeniy Glazunov to begin on Ak-Suu at first light

RESCUERS in Kyrgyzstan’s Pamir-Alai mountain range say they are preparing to launch a search for missing Russian climber Evgeniy Glazunov at first light on Wednesday.

Glazunov lost contact with his basecamp team on Friday during bad weather as he descended the 5,355m peak of Ak-Suu.

The climber was tackling the tough Chaplinsky route solo on the north face when he reported bad weather closing in to the crew, after saying he had begun his descent.

Conditions on the mountain continued to be difficult until this evening, but a weather window tomorrow will allow a rescue team led by Alexey Boyko, Anatoly Syshchikov and Kirill Povetkin to make their way to Glazunov’s last-known position.

Rescuers are understood to be camped at Uzgurush this evening, according to reports by rescue co-ordinator Anna Piunova of Mountain.ru, and will continue on foot with donkeys at the break of dawn.

It is understood they will also be using a drone to scour the north face of Ak-Suu.


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