Climbers’ bodies spied on Grand Teton |

Climbers’ bodies spied on Grand Teton

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

MOOSE, Wyo. ” Two climbers apparently fell to their deaths on Grand Teton mountain.

Grand Teton National Park rangers flew to the scene by helicopter Tuesday and saw the climbers’ bodies. The bodies weren’t recovered, however, because of unsafe conditions from falling rocks and unstable snow, according to park officials.

An attempt to retrieve the bodies was planned Wednesday morning, after colder nighttime temperatures solidify the snowpack on Grand Teton, which measures 13,766 feet.

The climbers were reported overdue at 8:20 a.m. Monday. Rangers soon learned about a tent in the Meadows area of Garnet Canyon. Three rangers later found the tent vacant.

The rangers spent the night on the mountain. On Tuesday, they spotted one body below the Valhalla Traverse. The second body was spotted nearby by helicopter an hour later.

Park officials said the climbers’ names wouldn’t be released until the identities are confirmed and next of kin notified.

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