2nd Climber in week Dies On Denali

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2nd Climber in week Dies On Denali

Postby Todd » Tue May 17, 2011 3:54 pm

Denali National Park & Preserve (AK)
Italian Climber Dies In Fall From Denali Pass

Mountaineers at the 17,200-foot high camp on Mt. McKinley witnessed a climber falling from Denali Pass near 18,000 feet around 10 a.m. yesterday morning. NPS mountaineering ranger Matt Hendrickson and three patrol members responded and confirmed that Luciano Colombo, 67, of Mandello, Italy, had died of traumatic injuries sustained in the 1,000-foot fall. At the time he fell, Colombo was beginning the traverse from Denali Pass to the 17,200-foot camp along a 45-degree slope of hard, windblown snowpack. He was travelling ahead of his two teammates and was unroped at the time of the fall. Weather at the time of the accident was clear, with relatively calm winds. This accident marks the second fatality near Denali Pass within the past week. On Thursday, May 12th, a Swiss climber was found dead at 18,000 feet. The cause of his death is not yet known, but appears not to have been caused by trauma.
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