A fatal fall high on Denali took the lives of two climbers late Wednesday night and severely injured two others. These are the third and fourth deaths on the mountain this year, with seven deaths overall in the Alaska Range this climbing season. Reporter Sue Deyoe has more on the most recent accident.[audio:http://ktna.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/20110526Denali2Dead.mp3|titles=20110526Denali2Dead]
People climb Denali for various causes – Climbing for the Cure, the Wounded Warrior project, climbing to support certain individuals. There is a team headed up the mountain at the end of the week that has Su Valley High School in mind.[audio:http://ktna.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/20110524ClimbWall.mp3|titles=20110524ClimbWall]
Two overdue climbers on Mount Frances in the Alaska Range are confirmed dead.
Denali National Park mountaineering rangers located the remains of 33 year old Jiro Kurihara of Canada and Junya Shiraishi, age 28, of Japan in avalanche debris on Mt. Frances, a technical peak just north of the Kahiltna basecamp on Denali. (more…)
On May 12th, an accident involving a roped team of 4 climbers occurred near the summit on Denali. The rescue and retrieval of the climbers became a somewhat complicated mix of Park Service, military as well as volunteer assistance and may go down in the mountaineering history books. Sue Deyoe spoke with the helicopter pilot and one of the rangers in charge of the operation…[audio:http://ktna.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/20110519HeliRescue.mp3|titles=20110519HeliRescue]
The Denali Report for the week of May 16th…the rescue helicopter and a death on Denali.[audio:http://ktna.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/201105mp3|titles=20110518DenReport3]
Denali has seen its second death in one week. Mountaineers and rangers at the seventeen thousand-two hundred foot high-camp on Mt McKinley saw a climber fall from Denali Pass this morning. (more…)
The climber who died on Denali on Thursday has been identified as 38 year old Beat Niederer of Switzerland. (more…)
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:
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.
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…)