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Tag: Yoshiaki Kato

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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