Solo Climber Missing on Denali

Austrian guide last seen Monday


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Park service teams are combing Denali this week after an Austrian mountaineer disappeared on Monday. Juergen Kanzian, a 41-year-old mountain guide from Austria, was last seen alone, skinning up to Denali Pass at 18,000 feet. When Kanzian hadn’t returned by Tuesday night, a guided team called rangers. On Wednesday, the NPS and the Bureau of Land Management sent aircraft to search the peak for the climber, but found nothing. Kanzian is said to have told other climbers that he planned to make a ski descent of Denali’s West Buttress route. This year has been an unusually dangerous one for Denali climbers, with five deaths recorded already. The most recent occurred on June 10, when Alaskan climber Brian Young died of a heart attack.

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