Wisconsin climber presumed dead on Argentina mountain

CREATED Jan 8, 2014

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Wisconsin man's family says he's one of two men presumed to have died while climbing an Argentinian peak last week.
 
Twenty-two-year-old Jarod VonRueden of Clyman, Wis., and 28-year-old Frank Keenan of Pennsylvania were climbing Mount Aconcagua on New Year's Eve. The 23,000-foot peak is the highest in North and South America.
 
VonRueden's cousin, Julie Feldman, is the family spokeswoman. She says the U.S. Air Force told them Dec. 31 that VonRueden's rescue beacon had been activated, but weather was hampering rescue efforts.
 
She says the U.S. Embassy told them Sunday the climbers' presumed dead bodies had been spotted by helicopter in a deep crevasse, and it could take days to recover them.
 
She says Jarod lived life with spirit and adventure.
 
Keenan's hometown was not immediately available.