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Search Called Off for Missing Pair in Pakistan

Helicopter sweeps reveal no sign of climbers expected down August 26

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Rock and Ice is very sorry to release this news statement from Jonathan Thesenga of Black Diamond, Inc., received today, on the search for the
Utah climbers Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson, 33 and 34, missing on the Ogre II, the Karakorum:

Scott Adamson, left, and Kyle Dempster, right. Photos by Nathan Smith.This update is for Saturday, September 3rd, and is provided in order to keep everyone informed of the efforts
being made to locate Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson. NOTE: All dates and times referenced are for Pakistan Standard Time.

Early on Saturday, September 3rd, two Pakistani military helicopters left Skardu in clear weather. They landed at basecamp on the Choktoi Glacier and picked
up climber Thomas Huber (Austria) who would assist as an observer/spotter. An exhaustive and close-proximity initial search of the north face of the
Ogre 2 (where Kyle and Scott were last seen on August 22), the northeast ridge (their planned descent route), and the glacial basin between the Ogre
2 and Ogre 1, yielded no sign of the pair. After refueling, the two helicopters made a second sweep of all sides of the mountain, from an even higher
altitude, and again found no sign of Kyle and Scott. In light of those extensive yet unsuccessful efforts, the search team and knowledgeable observers
in Pakistan, the US, and Europe, assessed that there remained a very slim chance that any evidence of their passage would be revealed in subsequent
sweeps of the mountain.

Given the time that has elapsed and the nearly continuous stormy weather since they were last seen, and the substantial risks that such high-altitude missions
entail, Kyle and Scott’s families have made the extremely difficult decision to end the search efforts.

We owe a huge amount of gratitude to the Pakistan government for scrambling all of their available assets and their commitment to finding Scott and Kyle.
Their support, and that of Global Rescue, has been invaluable. Additionally Kyle and Scott’s families are deeply grateful for the assistance provided
by the Pakistan Embassy in Switzerland the US Embassy in Pakistan, and numerous other individuals and organizations worldwide. We will acknowledge
and thank each of them publicly and privately in the coming days.

That is the update for Saturday, September 3rd. We again ask that everyone please provide privacy to Kyle and Scott’s families. Any questions or media
inquires should be directed to Jonathan Thesenga at jonathan.thesenga@bdel.com.

For more on both men, see https://rockandice.com/climbing-news/kyle-dempster-scott-adamson-overdue-from-ogre-2-friends-mobilize

For more on the massive search effort by the international climbing community, see https://rockandice.com/climbing-news/search-continues-for-adamson-and-dempster-missing-in-the-karakorum