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Tag: Denali

June
18th

4 climbers presumed dead after Denali avalanche

From the National Park Service:

An avalanche on Mt. McKinley’s West Buttress during the early morning hours of June 14th is presumed to have claimed the lives of four Japanese climbers.  The five-member Miyagi Workers Alpine Federation (MWAF) expedition was descending Motorcycle Hill near 11,800 feet at 2 a.m. last Thursday morning when an avalanche swept them all downhill. The five were travelling as one rope team, although the rope broke during the avalanche.  One team member survived the event.  Hitoshi Ogi, 69 of Miyagi Prefecture, was swept into a crevasse and subsequently climbed out with minor injuries. Ogi was

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May
26th

Two climbers killed in avalanche on Mt. Frances in Denali National Park

From the National Park Service:

Two overdue climbers on Mt. Frances were confirmed dead after Denali National Park mountaineering rangers located their remains in avalanche debris near the base of the 10,450-foot Mt. Frances. Jiro Kurihara, 33, of Canmore, Alberta, Canada, and Junya Shiraishi, 28, of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, were attempting a new route on the west face of Mt. Frances, a commonly climbed technical peak just north of the 7,200-foot Kahiltna Basecamp, when the avalanche occurred.  The two men were last seen at the Kahiltna Basecamp on May 21st. When they had not returned to their campsite by May

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