Mummified American Found

( – The well-preserved, practically mummified remains of William Stampfl, an American mountaineer who perished in an avalanche 22 years ago while attempting to scale one of the Andes’ highest peaks, have been discovered by authorities in Peru.

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The discovery was made by police in Ancash region, near a camp situated at an elevation of 5,200 meters (17,060 feet).

Stampfl, who was 58 at the time of the incident, had been ascending the 6,768-meter Mount Huascarán.

The police reported that the freezing temperatures and ice had maintained the condition of Stampfl’s climbing gear, including his boots, crampons, and clothing.

The identification process was facilitated by the presence of his driving license and passport among his belongings.

Mount Huascarán attracts hundreds of climbers annually, who typically spend about a week ascending to its summit with the assistance of local guides.

Stampfl, originally from Austria and a self-employed civil engineer, was accompanied by Matthew Richardson and Steve Erskine during their 2002 expedition.

While Erskine’s body was discovered shortly after the disaster, Richardson remains unaccounted for. Stampfl’s body was transported down the mountain by guides and police officers last weekend and subsequently taken to a morgue in Huaraz.

As global warming accelerates the melting of glaciers worldwide, there has been a notable increase in the discovery of remains from past hiking and climbing mishaps, now emerging from the receding ice and snow.

Edson Ramirez, a park ranger and risk assessor for the Huascarán National Park, remarked on the phenomenon: “What was buried years ago is coming to the surface.”

Peru, home to 68% of the world’s tropical glaciers, has seen a dramatic reduction in these ice formations, which are particularly susceptible to climate change.

Over the past six decades, the country has lost 56% of its tropical glaciers, as detailed in a recent governmental report from November.

The Cordillera Blanca range, within which Huascarán and other notable peaks are located, draws thousands of climbers each year.

In a related incident earlier this year, the remains of an Israeli hiker were discovered in the same region nearly a month after he was reported missing.

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