The family of missing film star Julian Sands share images of the actor hiking last year, revealing he was doing what he loved most when he went missing.
After six days of searching for the British actor in the mountains of California, we’re posting a selection of heartwarming pictures he sent to his grandson, showing him relaxed and happy climbing above the clouds .
Sands, who starred in over 150 films and television series, including A room with a viewSent pictures of climbing Mount Weishorn in the Swiss Alps to my grandson last September.
a family member told Independent: “He would love to be seen doing what he loved most: a heroic climber, and was delighted to share with his beloved grandson Billy, a photo of him looking very happy.”
A friend described him as “a romantic and a born adventurer drawn to the extremes of nature, enjoying the freedom of the mountains.”
Sand was climbing a section of the 14,783-foot Weisshorn when the color photographs were taken.
Pictures that Julian sent to Billy in September and is specially given to him IndependentShow the father of three wearing climbing gear that includes ropes, a helmet and a backpack strapped securely to his back.
In one picture, he is seen sitting on the peak. She is holding a water bottle and smiles at the camera.
An avid and seasoned traveller, the 65-year-old actor once described his happiest moment as “near the top of a mountain on a gloriously cold morning”.
According to climbing experts, a climb of the Weisshorn, a pyramid-shaped mountain with three summits about 15 miles from the Matterhorn, is “more demanding” than its more famous neighbor.
“One of the most difficult 4,000m peaks, the Weisshorn has long and difficult climbs on any route,” reports alpine guide,
His wife, writer Evgenia Sitkowitz, reported him missing last Friday. Her husband was in the San Gabriel Mountains in the United States. a close friend told Independent That his family is suffering from anxiety.
A full-scale search operation was launched and on Friday the rescue teams lifted one of the actor’s vehicles.
Henry Sands, Julian’s son and Billy’s father, joins the search in the mountains of California, along with an expert hiker.
Julian Sands, born in West Yorkshire, and currently living in North Hollywood, played journalist John Swain. the killing fieldsand is also known for starring in the romance Merchant Ivory A room with a view,
a friend told Independent,
“Julien is daring and never limited by rules. He is a Byronesque romantic and born adventurer, drawn to the extremes of nature, enjoying the freedom of the mountains he conquers around the world.” . He is deeply inspired by the Romantic poets and his interpretations of their works are engaging and stem from a deep passion for literature. He is a friend guided by the Homeric virtues of loyalty and the desire to live life to the fullest. When he He is uncompromising when it comes to achieving his goals, and yet he is as kind, generous and sensitive as any of the poets he admires. He is married to his wife, novelist and screenwriter Evgenia Sitkowitz. Much loved, with whom he has two daughters. And he is closely related to his son Henry, who he had with his first wife, journalist Sarah Sands. Henry joins his father in the California mountains where They disappeared. His roles are bizarre and original, especially when he killed himself. Chant began to move away from Ivory’s traditional leading male roles, with which he established himself as one of Britain’s biggest stars.
When he disappeared, the actor was believed to be somewhere on the popular Baldy Bowl Trail, which climbs 3,900 feet over 4.5 miles to the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains.
According to a spokesman, rescuers will pause the search over the weekend due to the danger of avalanches, although officials will continue to use drones.
In recent years, several experienced climbers have died due to the icy terrain of Mount Baldy. It is considered one of the most dangerous peaks to climb in the US.
translation of Anna McDonnell