Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fall On Mount Jackson Climbing Route Results In One Fatality

On Tuesday, August 30th, two hikers slipped and fell while descending the east face of Mount Jackson in Glacier National Park. One survived the fall by self-arresting on a snowfield, while sustaining minor injuries. Unable to locate his fallen companion, he hiked back to Gunsight Campground where the incident was reported to park dispatch at 11:08 p.m. He was later transported via helicopter to West Glacier, and then transported via Three Rivers Ambulance to North Valley Hospital.

Park rangers worked with Two Bear Air and Minutemen Aviation to locate the body of the fallen individual on August 31st. A technical rescue team worked with Minutemen Aviation to recover the individual earlier today. The incident is currently under investigation.

Jackson Peak is one of the tallest peaks in Glacier National Park at 10,052 feet. The climbing route varies from a Class 3 to Class 4 depending on the route and the amount of snow and ice. The climbing routes are considered arduous with an approximate elevation gain of 4,800 vertical feet, high amounts of loose scree, a significant amount of exposure on narrow ledges with steep drop offs.

Falls are one of the leading causes of death in the park.


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