Recovering bodies of Alaska climbers could be months away

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Recovering bodies of Alaska climbers could be months away
In this March 9, 2018, photo provided by Arc'Teryx Equipement shows Arc'teryx athlete Marc-Andre Leclerc of British Columbia is pictured in a climb.Two experienced mountain climbers trying to tackle a new route in Alaska were presumed dead after climbing ropes that matched their gear were found in a crevasse, authorities said Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Marc-Andre Leclerc, 25, of Squamish, British Columbia, and George "Ryan" Johnson, 34, of Juneau, not pictures, were reported missing missing from the Juneau Ice Field, after they failed to return from a climb March 7 on the Mendenhall Towers, a seven-peaked mountain not far from Alaska's capital city. (Arc'Teryx Equipement via AP)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say the bodies of two experienced climbers who are presumed dead on a southeast Alaska mountain likely won’t be recovered for months.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says summer is the soonest authorities could launch a recovery effort, though that depends on snow and ice conditions and the risk to crew members.

The agency said earlier this week that George “Ryan” Johnson of Juneau and Marc-Andre Leclerc of British Columbia are presumed dead. The men were reported overdue on March 7 from a climbing trip to Mendenhall Towers, a seven-peaked mountain not far from Alaska’s capital city.

Troopers say an anchor rope was seen at the top of an ice chute and two ropes matching the description of gear carried by the men were seen in a crevasse.