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Mountain climber from Queens dead in Peru: AP

In this July 2012 photo provided by Galit Weiss, climber Gil Weiss (l.) and Ben Horne pose for a photo as they climb the Palcaraju Peak in Peru. AP Photo/Courtesy Galit Weiss
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PERU — The bodies of an experienced Queens climber and his friend from Annandale, Va., were found off a ridge on the 20,000-foot Palcaraju Peak in Peru, the Associated Press reported.

Gil Weiss, 29, of Queens, and Ben Horne, 32, of Virginia, had kept in touch with the rest of the world via the blog of the climbers’ collective pullharder.org. They had completed the first six days of climbing and had set out for the next leg when they fell about 1,000 feet off the ridge sometime in mid-July, the AP reported.

Weiss had been to Cordillera Blanca, the range where the peak is located, many times before — although it was a first-time trip for Horne, the AP reported.

Weiss had founded Beyond Adventure Productions in Boulder, Colo., a business for arranging events in unique and out-of-the-way locations, the AP reported.

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