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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 8:50 am | Updated: 1:54 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

In Tokyo, the Daily Yomiuri carried this report on the four climbers killed on Mt. McKinley in an avalanche:

Family and friends of the climbers who went missing after an avalanche on Alaska's Mt. McKinley expressed despair and other emotions after the search for the four was terminated.

Natsumi Suda, the 25-year-old daughter of Masako Suda, 50, ate with Suda in Tokyo in early May. When Natsumi heard that Suda would climb a mountain in Alaska, she told her to have a safe trip.

"My mother is so active; she's always going somewhere," Natsumi said. "I miss her smile. I know the search is difficult, but I don't want our conversation to become the last one we had."

Suda's husband, Yoshiki, learned through media reports that the search had been terminated. Appearing upset, he said, "I heard nothing. What's happened?"

The wife of Yoshiaki Kato, 64, said pensively, "I don't want to say anything."

"Climbers know it's difficult to be rescued when they fall into crevasses. But I can't stop crying when I see their photos," said Taiji Sato, the chairman of Furukawa Doppo Yama no Kai, a mountaineering group that Kato and Suda belonged to.



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