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Two climbers die on the Grand Teton
Submitted By: Andy Laakmann on May 2, 2007

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From the Jackson Hole News and Guide....

Grand Teton National Park officials Tuesday recovered the bodies of Alan Rooney, 38, and Jonathan Morrow, 28, from the base of the Grand Teton after the two valley residents were killed in a climbing accident that likely happened Sunday.

Rescue rangers flew three helicopter trips Tuesday afternoon to retrieve the bodies from below the 13,770-foot-high peak, park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said Tuesday evening. She said the two climbers were found in Valhalla Canyon, a drainage below the West Face of the Grand and beneath the Black Ice and Enclosure couloirs.

Rooney and Morrow were tied together by a climbing rope, Skaggs reported. While an avalanche might be suspected in the deaths, given the season and location of the climbers, rangers told Skaggs the two were not covered with avalanche debris, she said.

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By Avery N
From: Boulder, CO
May 3, 2007
Very sad.

My condolences go out to the families and friends of these climbers.

Having been there on a couple occasions, almost sounds like they might have slid off the VH traverse just before the enclosure couloir where it turns to nasty/steep/sloping scree above the VH canyon dropoff?

This time of the season there would be some snow, which might not have to 'avalanche' per se, but could slide enough to have one lose their footing. Anyhow, just a theory - sad to hear about this.
By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
May 3, 2007
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