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Climber Dies in Weekend Fall in GTNP

September 8, 2013 Grand Teton National Park, State of Wyoming No Comments
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Grand Teton National Park rangers recovered the body of 40 year-old Edward Tom of Boulder Colorado Saturday. Park Spokesperson Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles says Tom fell to his death Friday evening in Garnet Canyon while scouting for a campsite following a storm with heavy rain and hail. She says Tom and his climbing partner intended to spend Friday night at a backcountry camping area known as the Petzoldt Caves before climbing the Grand Teton on Saturday.  Multiple 911 calls were received just before 6:00 pm Friday to report Tom had fallen nearly 100 feet and who was unconscious when bystanders got to him. Sarles says two physicians who were in the area rappelled to Tom and attempted to revive him. Due to lingering weather and fading light rangers who had also responded to the scene determined they would need to complete the recovery operation the following day.  Sarles says the incident remains under investigation and no additional details are available at this time.

 

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