Park rangers search for fallen climber in Alaska’s Denali National Park

TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) — National Park Service rangers are searching for a climber who fell from a 16,000-foot (4,800-meter) ridge in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve, authorities announced Saturday.

The climber’s partner told rangers early Saturday that the fall occurred Friday night while they were on a route known as West Buttress toward Peters Glacier, the agency said. The partner saw the fall but could not see where the climber stopped.

Rangers began an air and ground search for the climber, but cloudy weather conditions prevented a helicopter from accessing the climber’s location, authorities said. The ground search was based at Denali Base Camp, at 14,000 feet (4,200 meters).

Denali is a 6 million acre (2.4 million hectare) park about 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Anchorage.

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