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|05-13-2005, 09:26 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: hudson falls,ny
Heard a blurb yesterday about two brothers loosing their lives on McKinley. Anyone here about that? They were in their late fiftys I heard. Maybe bs,I dont know. Tom
|05-13-2005, 09:47 AM||#2|
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Voorheesville NY
Re: Mt. McKinley
AP/Seattle Times -
Twins die in fall on Alaska's Mount McKinley Full story: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ht...limbers12m.html
By MARY PEMBERTON
The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE -- Twin brothers who likely reached the summit of North America's highest mountain died in a fall, a Denali National Park and Preserve official said yesterday.
It is believed that 55-year-old brothers Jerry and Terry Humphrey of Negley, Ohio, reached the Mount McKinley summit and were descending when one of them fell, perhaps falling into the other, said spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin.
The deaths were the first of the 2005 climbing season on the 20,320-foot mountain.
The brothers were not roped together, McLaughlin said. The bodies were found at 17,300 feet, just below Denali Pass.
The brothers fell approximately 1,000 feet.
Weather probably was not a factor as skies overnight were clear and winds were moderate. Conditions were not overly icy.
Jerry Humphrey's son, Jeremy, 25, was on a solo climb on McKinley when the accident occurred. He told park rangers he spoke to the pair at about 10 p.m. Tuesday while they were descending from the summit. They were at about 18,600 feet when he last talked to them. Denali Pass, where the accident likely occurred, is at approximately 18,000 feet.
A guided expedition camped at 17,200 feet notified park rangers yesterday morning that two climbers were overdue from an overnight summit attempt.
Members of the guided climbing party found the climbers' bodies just below Denali Pass, about a mile from the summit.
A rescue team from the Air National Guard's 212th Rescue Squadron, who were also camped at 17,200 feet, traversed to the bodies and prepared them to be taken off the mountain. A high-altitude helicopter brought the bodies to base camp.
The son was flown off the mountain yesterday.
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while care will drop off like autumn leaves." John Muir
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