BRIDGEPORT, Calif. — Authorities say two women were killed while climbing an icy canyon on California‘s Red Slate Mountain.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Office says a helicopter crew spotted the bodies Monday at an elevation of about 12,000 feet. Because of high winds and steep terrain recovery efforts were delayed until the following day.
Oct. 29: Operations to recover the bodies of two hikers who died on Red Slate Mountain in California’s eastern Sierra Nevada outside of Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
(Mono County Sheriff’s Office)
The sheriff’s office identified the climbers as 22-year-old Michelle Xue of Los Angeles and 34-year-old Jennifer Shedden of Mammoth Lakes, California.
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Officials say the women, who were experienced and well-equipped, were likely struck by falling rocks on the peak in the Sierra above Convict Lake.