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Climber dies after falling 1,000 feet in descent from Middle Teton summit

Roads and facilities in Grand Teton National Park begin opening May 1.

A mountain climber in Grand Teton National Park fell 1,000 feet to his death Sunday while descending from the summit of the Middle Teton. Justin Harold Beldin, 27 of Benicia, Calif., and two climbing partners had reached the summit of the the 12,804-foot peak and were beginning to descend at about noon when the accident occurred, according to information released Monday by the Grand Teton public affairs office. Another group of climbers near the summit of the Middle Teton saw Beldin fall and alerted Beldin's climbing partners, who did not witness the accident. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton Park rangers rescue stranded climber from Middle Teton

A helicopter heads toward Garnet Canyon in April 2011 during a search for two lost skiers in Grand Teton National Park. (National Park Service file photo by Jackie Skaggs - click to enlarge)

Grand Teton National Park rangers on Tuesday rescued a stranded climber on Middle Teton, using a helicopter to help remove him from a sheer rock face where he had become unable to advance his climb. Eric Rohner, 27, of Olympia, Wash., began an attempted solo summit of the Middle Teton on Monday, but traveled off route and became "cliffed out," unable to safely advance or retreat without risking injury, according to a statement released by the Grand Teton public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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