The National Park Service announced yesterday that it had permanently ended efforts to recover the bodies of four climbers killed in an avalanche on Mount McKinley.
A team of ten searchers reached the spot where the Japanese team went down on Saturday.
A mountaineer lowered himself into the crevasse where the lone survivor of the avalanche also fell.
He probed through avalanche debris and found a broken rope matching that of the Japanese team about a hundred feet below the surface.
The risk of falling ice made it too dangerous to keep digging.
One of the Japanese climbers survived the avalanche Wednesday, but was unable to make it to a base camp to report in until Thursday afternoon.