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Tag: Mount McKinley

June
19th

Search for bodies of Denali avalanche victims suspended

From the National Park Service:

A two-day ground search of the debris path from a fatal avalanche on Mt. McKinley has been suspended after clues were found confirming the likely location of four deceased climbers. Yoshiaki Kato, Masako Suda, Michiko Suzuki, and Tamao Suzuki of the Miyagi Workers Alpine Federation (MWAF) expedition are presumed to have died in the avalanche, while one team member, Hitoshi Ogi, survived the event with a minor hand injury. The fatal avalanche happened at approximately 11,800-feet on the West Buttress and was originally believed to have occurred early on the morning of June 14th.  However,

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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
30th

Finnish mountaineer dies skiing down Mount McKinley

A 36-year-old Finnish mountaineer died from injuries incurred in a fall while descending Mount McKinley on May 23, according to a National Park Service news release.

Ilkka Uusitalo of Oulu, Finland, was skiing down the 40- to 45-degree slope known as the ‘Orient Express’ with two teammates when he fell from an elevation of 17,800 feet and was unable to self-arrest. Uusitalo tumbled through snow, ice, and rocks, coming to a stop in a crevasse at 15,850 feet.

While one of his teammates continued down to the Park Service ranger camp at 14,200 feet for rescue assistance, Uusitalo’s other teammate

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May
28th

Two more climbers killed on Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park

From the National Park Service:

A fatal climbing fall at Denali Pass on Mt. McKinley took the lives of two mountaineers late Wednesday night. Two other members of the climbing team were flown to area hospitals with critical injuries early yesterday morning. Mountaineers at the 17,200-foot high camp reportedly witnessed the four-person rope team fall from Denali Pass near 18,000 feet around 11 p.m. Wednesday night.  An expedition of Air National Guard pararescuemen from the 212th Rescue Squadron responded and confirmed that two of the four had died in the fall. The other two patients were placed in rescue litters

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