Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson went missing on Aug. 22 and have not been seen since.
Pakistan stepped up its search for two Americans climbers on Saturday, deploying Army helicopters to find the pair who went missing over a week ago while trying to summit a mountain in the country’s far north.
Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson began their ascent of the 7,285-meter Ogre-II peak off the Choktoi Glacier in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan on Sunday Aug. 21, but went missing the next day and have not been seen since. “Two helicopters belonging to military aviation flew over the mountains Saturday morning but there was no sign of the climbers,” said Karrar Haidri, a spokesman for the Alpine Club of Pakistan. “The search goes on,” he added.
The helicopter search has been delayed for days because of the adverse weather conditions.
Authorities said that a team of local high-altitude rescuers has been searching for the missing climbers for almost a week but bad weather has prevented them from ascending the peak.