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Denali climber from Thursday’s accident identified

Monday, May 16, 2011

The climber who died on Denali on Thursday has been identified as 38 year old Beat Niederer   of Switzerland. (more…)

Morning Newscast – Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

KTNA’s morning news, weather forecasts, Denali echos, announcements for May 16th.  Host is Trisha Costello. Headlines – Dead climber on Denali identified; Trapper Creek festival gets preliminary injunction, Residents voice concerns on Talkeetna parking and riverfront. 16 min.

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Two Remaining Climbers Rescued From High Camp

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The following press release was issued by the National Park Service in Talkeetna, Alaska, at 4:54 p.m A.S.T on Friday, May 13th:

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Two remaining injured climbers were evacuated from the 17,200-foot high camp on Mt. McKinley in the afternoon of Friday, May 13. Both climbers, one a guide and the other a client, suffered from frostbite to the hands and feet after a night spent at high elevation in cold temperatures and gusty winds. The guide also reportedly sustained a broken rib.
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On Friday afternoon it was determined that the two men could not safely descend the mountain on foot, so a helicopter evacuation was initiated. Both men were individually shorthauled from the 17,200-foot camp to the 14,200-foot camp by NPS ranger John Loomis and B3 helicopter pilot Andy Hermansky. From there, the helicopter flew them down to the Kahiltna Basecamp for a fixed wing flight back to Talkeetna. (more…)

One Climber Rescued,
One Recovered from Mt. McKinley

Friday, May 13, 2011

The following press release was issued by the National Park Service in Talkeetna, Alaska:

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Denali National Park and Preserve rescue personnel were able to save the life of an injured climber at 19,500-feet on Mt. McKinley the night of Thursday, May 12, however, a teammate from the same guided expedition was found dead at 18,000 feet.
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The guided client rescued from 19,500-feet had broken a leg when the 4-person rope team fell near the summit ridge of Mt. McKinley very late on Wednesday or early Thursday. After the fall, the team’s guide secured the injured climber in a bivy sack at the ‘Football Field’ while the other two clients descended. By morning, the guide and one of the two uninjured clients had separately descended to the 17,200-foot high camp where they were treated by another team for frostbite to the hands and feet. The third client never returned to high camp. (more…)

Mt. McKinley rescue effort underway

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Denali National Park and Preserve mountaineering rangers launched a rescue effort this morning Thursday, May 12 for two members of a guided

expedition. A four-person rope team, including one guide and three clients, fell while descending from the summit ridge of Mt. McKinley very

late on Wednesday or early today Thursday, according to NPS spokesperson Maureen McLaughlin. (more…)

Denali Report for May 11, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Denali Report has undergone revision and is now a very short overview of one specific idea or topic each week of climbing season.  In this first episode, South District Ranger speaks about risk and keeping his staff safe.

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Morning Newscast – Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

KTNA’s morning news, weather forecast, Denali echos, announcements for May 2nd.  Host is Trisha Costello.  Headlines – Climber dies in avalanche near Moose’s Tooth in AK Range; Trapper Creek Elementary slated for new roof.  16 min.

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Climber killed in avalanche identified

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The National Park Service was able to release the name of the man killed in an ice fall avalanche in Denali National Park on Thursday.  Chris Lackey, age 39, from Houston, Texas was with one of two guided climbing parties that were camped overnight on the Root Canal landing area to the south of the infamous Moose’s Tooth.  A large serac collapsed and sent a violent jumble of ice down the mountain.  Both camps were buried in debris and everyone was thrown from their tents.  The 4 uninjured climbers tended to Lackey until evacuation by helicopter was possible.  While being transported, rangers determined Lackey had died from his injuries.  The NPS helicopter flew him to Talkeetna and returned to evacuate the surviving climbers, who had all lost their gear, tents and extra clothing.  For more on this story, see the other related headlines on our website.

-Ice fall near Ruth Glacier kills climber. (4/29)

-Climber dies in Alaska Range avalanche. (4/28)

Ice fall near Ruth Glacier in Denali Park kills climber

Friday, April 29, 2011

An ice avalanche killed a climber near the Ruth Gorge in the Alaska Range early Thursday morning.  The climber was on a guided climb and another guided party was caught up in the avalanche as well.  The guiding companies involved in the accident and those that climb on the Ruth Glacier on a regular basis are talking about  the unpredictable event and wonder what could have been done differently.  Sue Deyoe has more the accident:

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