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Fatal Climbing Accidents

This is obviously NOT an all inclusive list and will only include fatal accidents in North America.
  1. Mt. McKinley, Alaska - June 19, 1969, Gary Cole, 32, of Cody, Wyoming, died of high altitude pulmonary edema at 17,200'
  2. Smith Rock, Oregon - May 2 1998, Bill Pesklak fell on his belayer, on ledge, fell again striking his head then slid the remaining 60’ to rocks below.
  3. Yosemite California - October 15th 2002, the body of 23 year old Philip Jones was found at the base of "The Cookie".
  4. Devils Tower, Wyoming - May 17 2003, Jacqueline Weimer, 27, Weimer was rappelling near the El Cracko Diablo climbing route when the accident occurred.
  5. Yosemite National Park, California - May 31 2003, Chris Hampson, 25, died while climbing the Overhang Bypass route on Lower Cathedral Rock in Yosemite Valley.
  6. Grand Teton, Wyoming - July 26th 2003, 5 Climbers struck by lightning 1 killed.
  7. Yosemite, California - December 28th 2003, Joseph Crowe, 25, had been solo climbing the Zodiac. His body was found hanging from the rock after hikers reported screaming.
  8. Mount Washington, Oregon - July 2004, Thomas A. Seifert, 46, of Goldendale and Gary L Gentz, 50, of Washington State on the west side of the mountain, at 7,190', They were still roped together, and had fallen about 150 feet, after their climbing safety equipment had apparently failed.
  9. Grand Teton, Wyoming - July 20th 2004, Dwight Bishop fell while climbing Grand Teton
  10. Longs Peak, Colorado - September 4th 2004, Sudheer Averineni, a 26-year-old Indian national, The Keyhole route was still classified as "technical" due to snow and ice conditions, his body was found on the summit the next day.
  11. Yosemite National Park, California - October 19 2004, Mariko Ryugo, 27, and Ryoichi Yamanoto, 26 climbers from Japan died of hypothermia on "The Nose".
  12. Mount Whitney, California - March 13 2005, Richard J. Ferrari, 37, he fell approximately 1,000 feet from a point near the Notch on the Mountaineer’s Route on the north face of the mountain.
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