Japanese mountaineer dies after falling from crevasse in Alaska


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Japanese mountain climber is presumed dead after falling into a crevasse near Mount Hunter in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve, officials said.

The park, in a statement, said a 43-year-old climber from Kanagawa, Japan, was unrestrained by his teammates when he fell through a low ice bridge near their camp at around 8 a.m. 000 feet (2,440 meters) on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna Glacier.

The park’s mountaineering rangers were notified of the fall, at the foot of Mount Hunter’s northern buttress, on Tuesday evening, according to the statement. A ranger abseiled into the crevasse as far as possible and found that the collapse of the ice bridge had filled the crevasse with a large volume of snow and ice, the statement said.

“The climber is presumed dead based on the volume of ice, the distance of the fall and the length of burial. The feasibility of a recovery of the body will be investigated in the coming days,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the park said it recovered the body of Austrian solo mountaineer Matthias Rimml on Tuesday after he died earlier this month on Denali, North America’s highest peak.


This story is corrected to say the fall was near Mount Hunter.


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