A woman who has been traveling Europe in a motorhome for six years has disappeared after a solo hike in the Pyrenees.
37-year-old Esther Dingley from Durham last communicated on Whatsapp on November 22nd with her partner Dan Colegate, with whom she was traveling, when she climbed Pic de Sauvegarde on the border between France and Spain. She has not been heard since.
The French rescue authorities Peloton de Gendarmerie have confirmed that they are actively looking for the British woman, who is due to return from her hike on November 25.
On a Facebook page devoted to documenting the couple’s adventures, Mr Colegate shared a statement confirming that Ms. Dingley has been missing and that he is traveling to Pic de Sauvegarde to look for his partner.
He said that “search and rescue teams have so far found no trace of her” as temperatures hit lows of -9 ° C at the peak.
Mr. Colegate confirmed that Ms. Dingley has already done solo trips and that this often results in her being out of contact for short periods of time, but that this behavior is not common.
The couple started this trip in 2014, which for health reasons was motivated to leave their job and travel Europe on foot, by bike or by camper. Three years after their trip, they adopted a stray dog who was found to be pregnant. They are now living their adventures with five dogs.