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Post : Father of Squamish climber confirms son’s death in Alaska
URL : http://globalnews.ca/news/4082336/father-of-squamish-climber-confirms-sons-death-in-alaska/
Posted : March 14, 2018 at 10:13 am
Author : Ria Renouf
Tags : Alaska, Alaska missing climber, Marc-Andre Leclerc, mendenhall towers, missing squamish climber, squamish climber found dead
Categories : News

There has been a tragic conclusion to the search for a missing 24-year-old Squamish climber in Alaska.

Marc-Andre Leclerc and his climbing partner, 34-year-old Ryan Johnson of Juneau, AK, were last heard from more than a week ago, when Leclerc sent a text message to his father on March 5 saying he had reached the summit of their climb.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday night Marc-Andre's father Serge wrote that the pair have been found dead.

"Sadly we have lost 2 really great climber [sic] and I lost a son I am very proud of. Thank you for the support during this difficult time. My heart is so broken...Part of me is gone with him..."

> Father of #SquamishBC ( https://twitter.com/hashtag/SquamishBC?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) climber 24 y/o Marc-Andre Leclerc says on Facebook Marc-Andre & his climbing companion have died. Marc-Andre & his climbing companion, 34 y/o Ryan Johnson, hadn't been heard from since Mar. 5th. pic.twitter.com/PH92jurk9Q ( https://t.co/PH92jurk9Q )
> — Ria Renouf (@RiaCKNW980) March 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/RiaCKNW980/status/973909330901712899?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

Marc-Andre's mother, Michelle, previously told Global News that he had been climbing since the age of 10, and even had a sponsorship with outdoor outfitter Arcteryx.

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Leclerc and Johnson had been climbing an area known as the Mendenhall Towers when they lost contact. It was Leclerc's first time in the area, but his family said Johnson had extensive experience climbing in the region.

State troopers and rescue crews had been scouring the area and had previously found the pair's gear -- but were been hampered by poor weather.

A GoFundMe page ( https://www.gofundme.com/592fn8w ) that was previously set up to help with expenses related to the search effort will direct the rest of the proceeds to Marc-Andre's partner, Brette to help with any forthcoming costs.

The family, who have been in Alaska during the search effort, are asking for privacy at this time.

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