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Rock and Ice Author is Finalist for Prestigious Livingston Award

The prestigious award is known as the "Pulitzer for the Young."

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Adolfo Benegas on the summit of Aconcagua in 1987. Photo: Juan Benegas Collection

Chris Walker has been selected as a Livingston Awards finalist for his reporting in “Searching for Adolfo,” Rock and Ice, March 2019. The Livingston Awards are issued for excellence in reporting by The Wallace House and the University of Michigan to American journalists under the age of 35, and are considered the “Pulitzer for the Young.” Other finalist include writers from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and Wired.

Previous winners have been Michele Norris, former host of NPR’s All Things Considered,  Christiane Amanpour, Chief International anchor for CNN, and David Remnick, winner of a 1994 Pulitzer Prize.

“Searching for Adolfo” reported on the disappearance of Adolfo Benegas and Eric Bender on the South Face of Aconcagua in 1990, and the 29-year effort by Benegas’ brother Juan, to find the climbers’ remains. Juan Benegas’ search turned up plane wreckage, remains unrelated and even a haunting on Aconcagua’s slopes, but he never unearthed a trace of the missing climbers. Then, after the feature was published, Walker was contacted by Norwegian climber Petter Støle who in 1997 found two bodies high on Aconcagua, one matching the description of Adolfo. You can read the update here.

Winners of the 2020 Livingston Awards will be announced June 4.

Read “Searching For Adolfo”

(And check out the 2020 follow-up story with updates on the search for Adolfo Benegas)