The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a man was killed over the weekend on Gannett Peak in the Wind River Mountains. Authorities received an emergency satellite activation just below the summit of the 13,810 foot tall mountain at around 9:00AM on Sunday.
A man reported that reported that his hiking partner had apparently fallen from the peak . The man said he had heard commotion, the sounds of rocks falling, and then he was unable to communicate with his partner.
Rescue personnel said that due to bad weather conditions in the area, a helicopter search couldn’t be immediately launched. Crews had to wait for the weather to improve around 2PM but were unable to locate the missing hiker. The the other hiker was airlifted out of the wilderness and the search was continued Monday.
At about 9AM the Monday morning, searchers from Tip Top Search and Rescue out of Sublette Count spotted the man on a glacier several hundred feet below where he had fallen
The Jenny Lake Climbing Ranger team, from Grand Teton National Park, was then flown to mountain and were able to recover the man’s body from the glacier which was located at about 12,800 feet elevation.
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