CHENGDU-- An Australian hiker has disappeared in a mountainous area in
southwest China's Sichuan Province, said a source with the provincial
mountaineering association on Sunday.
The family of Linden Mayer, 47, had heard nothing from him since e-mailed
them on May 2 when he was hiking near Minya Konka, a scenic mountain in the
Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Ganzi, said Gao Min, vice secretary-general of
Sichuan Mountaineering Association.
The association has published a notice on Friday to alert locals to Mayer's
disappearance, said Gao, adding a search had been launched and his family was
traveling to Sichuan.
Minya Konka -- Tibetan for "highest snow-capped mountain" -- attracts both
tourists and mountaineers to its soaring peaks and panoramic scenery. It has
more than 20 peaks above 6,000 meters, the highest at 7,556 meters.