Finger-pointing in Huaraz starts after the death of three international mountaineers

A day after finding the lifeless bodies of Chileans Cristóbal Bizzarri Lyon, Gabriel Navarrete and Alexander Maznev, the finger-pointing has started. Julio Maguiña, director of the High Mountain Institute in Huaraz, who also heads the rescue teams of Casa de Guías has stressed in the local media that the rangers of the National Park Huascaran should manage a register and that no mountain should be climbed without the use of an official guide. He added that they are coordinating the transfer the bodies of the Chilean mountaineers who regretfully lost their lives in trying to climb Nevado Pirámide de Garcilazo in the Cordillera Blanca.

On the other hand, Jean-Paul Glassey, originally from the Canton of Valais in Switzerland and former president of the chamber of tourism in Ancash also blamed the National Park Huascaran for the death of the three mountaineers. According to Glassey, there is a regulation that states that mountaineers and climbers are obligated to go with special guides who know the area; however, this is never complied. On top of this, their entrance in the National Park wasn’t even registered.

According to information from the rescue zone, one of the mountaineers suffered a terrible death as he appears to have been decapitated by an enormous block of ice, result of the avalanche. Sadly, the father of the Russian-American citizen Alexander Maznev was just recently informed about the loss of his son through national and international media and has immediately contacted the respective embassy to coordinate the expatriation of the remains of his beloved son. Family members of Cristobal Bizarri have arrived to Huaraz and spoke with Rafeal Figueroa, President of the Mountain Guides Association of Peru (AGMP). The family members thanked the members of the AGMP for their hard work and said that Cristóbal wanted to become a mountain guide himself.

According to local journalist Agnes Clemente of Te Ve Noticias Quassar Tv, Cristóbal had requested information at Casa de Guías a couple of days prior to his trip to Pirámide because he wanted to be part of the Mountain Guides Association of Peru. However he did not communicate his trip to Pirámide, nor did he request the support of professional guides because apparently the experience he had was sufficient.

Picture: screenshot of one of Agnes Clemente videos on Facebook, family members of Cristóbal Bizzarri Lyon talking to president Rafeal Figueroa of the AGMP

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