Hiker Perishes on McKinley

Washington climber was not roped to partner


by Mike Ford

The National Park Service says a Tacoma, Washington climber has died on Mount McKinley.

Park Rangers say a helicopter crew Wednesday night spotted the remains of 39-year-old Sylvia Montag, who had been climbing with 34-year-old Mike Fuchs of Berlin, Germany.

The two were some of the earliest trying to scale North America's tallest peak , this climbing season.

The park service says the pair began their ascent April 15 and on Saturday reached Denali Pass at 18,200 feet.

Strong winds forced them to camp for two nights.

Fuchs called rangers Monday and said they had separated as they tried to descend to 17,200 feet.

Fuchs requested a rescue Tuesday, but strong winds prevented high-elevation flights until Wednesday night.

Montag's body was spotted 800 to 1,000 feet below the traverse to Denali Pass.

Add a comment


Comment: 1000 Characters Left

Coastal Television | AK News, Weather and Sports | and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.