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Title: Two Climbers Fall 1,900 Feet to Their Death from Mount McKinley
Post by: 7summits on May 20 2007, 02:32
Two Climbers Fall 1,900 Feet to Their Death from Mount McKinley

AP

JUNEAU, Alaska
Two climbers died after a 1,900-foot fall during a descent of Mount McKinley North America's highest mountain Denali National Park and Reserve officials said Friday.

Rangers declared Mizuki Takahashi, 36, dead shortly after the fall Thursday night. Her climbing partner, 27-year-old Brian Massey, remained unconscious throughout the evening, then died Friday.

A third team member had stayed behind at a lower elevation level, National Park Service spokeswoman Kris Fister said.

Mountaineering ranger patrol members at the 17,200-foot level witnessed the fall that began just shy of the 19,000-foot mark. The roped pair fell to an elevation level just below where the patrol was stationed.

The deaths were the first climbing fatalities on 20,320-foot Mount McKinley since two Ohio men died in May 2005, Fister said.

Takahashi was from Lake Forest Park, Wash., north of Seattle. Massey, of North Bend, Wash., was a firefighter for the Kent Fire Department, said Capt. Kyle Ohashi, a department spokesman.

As of mid-afternoon Friday, both climbers were to remain on the mountain until flying conditions permitted a recovery, Fister said.


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