After a first ascent of Yala Peak in early October they then traveled to the Western Sichuan Province of Genyen, China, with intentions of attempting the 6,509-meter peak south of Genyen, in Dechin. Since their departure, communication has stopped.
The local authorities in Tibet, the USA consulate and friends of Fowler and Boskoff are involved in locating the missing climbers and a blog has been set up, fowlerboskoff.blogspot.com, to document progress and raise funds for the search.
Charlie Fowler is long revered as one of the world's leading climbers, with multiple expeditions and first ascents around the world, and extensive guiding and education in the climbing community at large.
Chris Boskoff is the CEO of Mountain Madness, an expedition and travel outfit. The Wisconsin native has to her credit more high-altitude summits than any other woman in the world, including Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mont Blanc, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse, a peak she bagged — the first ever by a woman — just four years after her introduction to the sport. Since Lhotse, she has reached the summit of six of the world's tallest peaks. More details at Climbing.com.