Climber died after falling 1,000 feet from a mountain in Denali National Park in Alaska – La Opinion

Climber died after falling 1,000 feet from a mountain in Denali National Park in Alaska – La Opinion

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Authorities reported that One climber died and another was seriously injured after both fell about 1,000 feet from Mount Johnson in Denali National Park in Alaska. on Thursday night.

The rope climbers were ascending a route on Mount Johnson known as “the escalator,” a steep and technical alpine climb on the roughly 5,000-foot southeast face of the peak that involves navigating a mix of steep rocks, ice and snow, according to a release from the National Park Service (NPS).

The climber who died in the fall was identified as Robbi Mecus, 52, of Keene Valley, New York. Her climbing partner, a 30-year-old California woman, was seriously injured and was rescued Friday and airlifted to an Anchorage hospital, park officials said.

Another group of climbers witnessed the fall and reported it to park rangers around 10:45 p.m. on Thursday. They descended to where the climbers had fallen and confirmed that one had died. They dug a cave in the snow and treated the injured climber, according to a statement from the park.

Early Friday, A rescue helicopter and two rangers were able to rescue the injured climber, who was then evacuated for further care.

“We are grateful for the rescue efforts of Denali Mountain Rangers and the two good Samaritans on Mount Johnson who helped save the life of a fellow climber,” said Denali National Park Superintendent Brooke Merrell. “We extend our thoughts and condolences to the friends and family of Robbi Mecus.”

The pilot and rangers were unable to return to the mountain to recover Mecus’ body on Friday due to deteriorating weather conditions.

When conditions improved on Saturday, the helicopter team returned to Mount Johnson and recovered his body.

Mecus was a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Adirondack Region Forest Ranger for 25 years, Acting DEC Commissioner Sean Mahar said in a statement Saturday.

“Robbi was an incredible and passionate Ranger and I know this loss will not be easy,” Mahar wrote in a post on X. “My official statement is here, although words cannot fully capture a legacy of courage, compassion and service. RIP Ranger.”

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