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Earlier this week, alpine climbers in Mexico came across a sight straight out of a horror film. While ascending Mexico's Pico de Orizaba volcano they spotted the head and hand of a mummy sticking out of a mountain glacier.

Climbers make chilling discovery atop Mexico's highest peak


Katie Jones
Digital Reporter

Friday, March 6, 2015, 1:49 PM - Earlier this week, alpine climbers in Mexico came across a sight straight out of a horror film.

While ascending Mexico's Pico de Orizaba volcano they spotted the head and hand of a mummy sticking out of a mountain glacier.

A second corpse was found about 150 metres away.

Bad weather forced rescue officials to abandon their attempts to free the bodies from the ice. 

Scraps of intact clothing may help forensic experts identify the bodies once they are able to excavate them from the mountaintop.

Officials believe the mummies may be victims lost in an avalanche nearly 60 years ago.

On Friday, crews were planning to make a second attempt to release the bodies from the ice, possibly with the use of a helicopter.

Three people were originally lost in a 1959 avalanche, prompting authorities to believe that another body may still be buried in the snow.

At 5,610 metres high, Pico de Orizaba is the tallest mountain peak in Mexico and a popular spot for climbers.

Since news of the discovery, Mexican authorities have been flooded with calls from relatives of climbers who went missing from the area.

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