2 Climbers Die in Grand Tetons
Fell trying to summit Teewinot Mountain
On Saturday, two women fell approximately 200 feet to their deaths while climbing Teewinot Mountain in Grand Teton National Park, according to a press release from the National Park Service. Tyler Strandberg, 27, and Catherine Nix, 28, were both pronounced dead by rangers and a park medical director.
A third climber, Rebecca Anderson, 26, was stranded on a small ledge. Two rangers climbed up to her location and rescued her via a short-haul evacuation—a rescue technique in which the rescuee (and sometimes also the rescuer) is suspended below a helicopter and flown to safety.
The three women, who were climbing without ropes, lost the route they were ascending on the East Face of Teewinot Mountain. The route is rated a class 4 and is frequently climbed without ropes, according to Teton Gravity Research. But area they fell in had much more difficult terrain than the established route.
UPDATE: OCTOBER 8, 10:15 MDT: An earlier version of this article stated that the route was rated 5.4, but it is rated a class 4.