Committee (FBSC) 12/20/06 • Telluride CO
Colorado-based climbers Charlie Fowler and Christine Boskoff are missing and
presumed to be either on or below a remote mountain near the town of Dequen in
Yunnan Province, China, or near the towns of Litang and Batang in Sichuan
TIMELINE & ACTIONS
• On December 11, 2006, Mark
Gunlogson, President of Mountain Madness (Boskoff’s company in Seattle WA),
confirmed that the pair was not on their scheduled flight back to the U.S. on
December 4, 2006.
• On December 12, 2006, the FBSC
was formed in Telluride as a linked and parallel search effort.
• In order to narrow the search
area by putting
together a short list of possible stops and destinations by the pair,
information was assembled from Fowler and Boskoff’s last email communications
with friends and family, and from
Fowler’s computer that was left behind with his business partner.
• On December 13, 2006, the FBSC
proposed to Mountainfilm In Telluride that it could establish
an account under its
non-profit umbrella to accept tax deductible donations from anywhere in the
world for the search effort. Mountainfilm agreed.
• On December 14, the FBSC
established a funding goal of $75,000 in order to fully implement the
strategic phasing of a ground search, a possible search-and-rescue, and a
search from the air.
December 15, the FBSC enlisted two China-based field managers. This has
coordinated search groups to
set out to the two locations that the FBSC has deemed probable.
December 18, 2006, the Chief of the Consular Section U.S. Consulate General in
Chengdu, China, reported that the governments of Yunnan and Sichuan Province
and the Tibetan Autonomous Region are officially working on the Fowler-Boskoff
December 18, 2006, the field manager in Chengdu reported:
were sighted about a month ago in a village north of Batang, one of the
primary search areas (near Yangmalong Peak). A search team in the area was
directed to focus their efforts on tracking down more information on this
Four teams are
checking both entrance points to Unnamed Peak 6509
Checked out Batang County seat together with government officials including
County Chief. No records in hotels, one possible sighting a month ago in a
Confirmed sighting of Charlie and Christine in an Internet café around the
time of the November 8 email to friends in the U.S. Two unconfirmed sightings
of them between November 15 and 20. Driver stated that Christine inquired
about cars to Deqin. Also checking out rumors of a car accident on the Litang–Ganzi
road in Xinlong County (north of Litang).
Checking out Genyen monasteries with a high monk.
Zealanders were robbed at knifepoint in Genyen area in October. They did not
resist but their interpreter was injured. The attackers have not been found.
December 19, 2006,
a concerted effort to corral politically weighted support for the search in
hopes of elevating awareness at high levels within China was mounted from both
Telluride CO and Seattle WA:
Ken Salazar (D-Colo) sent a letter to the U.S. Ambassador in Beijing
expressing gratitude for the consular support—recent and future—regarding all
aspects the search.
Alpine Club contacted Representative Mark Udall (D-Colo) about the situation.
former Washington Governor Gary Locke informed the Chief of Staff to Premier
Wen JiaBao in person of the situation and the search efforts underway in the
Washington Governor Christine Gregoire sent a letter to the Governor of their
sister city in Sichuan Province requesting support for the search.
December 20, 2006,
the field manager in Chengdu reported:
Found by one of
the daily search teams in Litang in a visitors book at a restaurant:
9 November 06:
“Great food and people, enjoyed the food. The mountains around Yading are
awesome. Countryside reminds us of home. We’ll be back.” - Chris Boskoff and
Charlie Fowler, Norwood, Colorado, US
A reward has
been set up in the amount of 30,000 RMB (approx. $4,000 USD) for information
leading to the whereabouts of Fowler and Boskoff
were officially (and physically) handed to the Sichuan Mountaineering
Association (SMA) today with a Sichuan TV station crew filming
posters have been reprinted and redistributed with the reward info
The Field Team
in Dongba stated that, “the reward is attracting a lot of attention.”
December 20, 2006,
CCN International from Beijing arrived in Chengdu to cover the story. They
will “shadow” a field team heading for Kangding on December 21 and then travel
on to Litang and Batang. Highlighted will be the search itself, the reward,
the cooperation between the SMA and the search teams, and the towns
Earlier Update: Boskoff/Fowler Search and Rescue Fund: A new account has
been established to accept donations for the Boskoff-Fowler search effort.
The account is titled The Boskoff-Fowler Search and Rescue Fund. It is a
Fortune Bank account and the account number is 2000032. Mailing address is
Fortune Bank, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98101. You can contact
Ronnie Henderson at Fortune Bank at 206-403-8023 if you questions.
All checks should be made to The Boskoff-Fowler Search and Rescue Fund. To
make a wire transfer, banking information is:
Routing/Transit Number: 121042484
Abbreviated Name: Pac Cst Bkers Bk SF
Credit to: Fortune Bank
Account Number: 125008877
For Further Credit To: #2000032 Boskoff/Fowler Search and Rescue Fund
* All donations are non-refundable. Donations to the Fund will be used
specifically to defray costs related to the search and rescue and effort. Any
surplus funds may be used for related purposes at the discretion of the
Mountain Madness Board of Directors.
Update: Searchers are out in the field looking....
Update 12/18/2006: Several readers have requested updates.
Very little news... Search parties hope to find them, but no news yet.
Donations are being accepted, if anyone wishes to donation please let us know
and we will put you in touch with the right people.
The last time we talked with Chris, she talked about how
much she wanted to go on this trip and just climb....
Background: Christine Feld
Boskoff in known as America’s leading female alpinist and CEO of Mountain
Madness, (an adventure travel and expedition operator.); in actuality she has
climbed the most summits of any woman alive, from any country (at the time she
stopped climbing 8000 meters peaks). Christine, a
Wisconsin native was born in 1967; in 1993 she took a two day climbing course.
Four years later she became the first woman from North America to reach the
summit of Lhotse. In 2000 she led a successful expedition to the summit of
The first mountain Christine
climbed was in the Bolivian Andes, 17,000ft Tariji. After this first success
she began organizing climbing expeditions to Africa, Mexico, Europe and North
America. In 1994 she made her first trip to Asia and climbed Ama Dablam. In
1997 Christine bought the name, Mountain Madness. Mountain Madness is a
company which was started by Scott Fisher; however Scott lost his life while
guiding clients to the summit of Everest in 1996. Christine has turned
Mountain Madness into one of America’s finest climbing schools and 8000m
Christine has been a member
of eight 8000m expeditions, six of which were successful in reaching the
summits. She has reached the top of Shishapangma, Everest, Gasherbrum II,
Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Broad Peak. Other accomplishments include Jilliper North
and Ganaio in Pakistan; she has made winter ascents of Mt. Angor, Mt.
Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya in Africa, she has climbed Mt. Blanc and the
Matterhorn in Europe and climbed extensively throughout North and South
She is the only American
woman alive to have reached the summit of 6 8000 Meter peaks. She also has an
extensive record of unexplored first ascents, primarily in Tibet. Committed to
living her dreams, Christine will be guiding Cho Oyu and attempting to climb
K2 in 2002. She was the first North American woman to summit Lhotse.
She has taken part in 9 8000
meter expeditions, being successful on 6, including Everest, when she
summitted from the S. Col/SE Ridge, on May 24, 2000 (a Mountain Madness
expedition with Peter Habeler). Christine lives in Seattle, Washington.
Just the Facts: Christine
Boskoff: American born 9/7/67, with her 6 8000M summits
is now tied for second all time for women. Christine has summitted
Broad Peak (8/13/95), Cho Oyu (9/27/96), Lhotse (5/26/97), Gasherbrum II
(8/19/99), Everest (5/24/00), and [the main TRUE summit] Shishapangma on
10/10/00 by the British route on the Southwest face.
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