Climber Falls From Denali, Search for Body Underway

According to park officials, climbers are being looked for after a climber who fell from a Denali ridge at 16,000 feet to the Peters Glacier on Friday night.

Around 11 p.m. on Friday, the climber and their companion were on Denali’s West Buttress, “just above the fixed line at around 16,000 feet,” when they fell, according to a statement from Denali National Park and Preserve officials.

“The partner witnessed the fall from the ridge but could not access or see where the fallen climber came to rest,” the park stated. According to Denali National Park, which did not provide any information regarding the missing climber, the partner informed rangers of the fall sometime before 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Anchorage Daily News confirms the news on its official Twitter account:

A National Park Service aircraft were sent to help with the search, but Saturday’s gloomy weather prevented it from getting to the spot where the climber fell, according to park officials. The park stated in its statement that “mountaineering rangers are also conducting a ground search from Denali Base Camp at 14,000 feet.”

Search efforts on the top mountain, according to officials, will continue as long as the weather permits.

About two weeks ago, two climbers went missing while attempting to climb the Moose’s Tooth, a peak located in the Ruth Gorge about 15 miles southeast of Denali. At 20,310 feet, it is North America’s tallest mountain. They haven’t been heard from since May 5, and their deaths are now being assumed despite intensive search efforts and signs that a small avalanche may have carried them off their feet.

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