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    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Mountaineer Dies at High Camp

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Date: June 11, 2011
Contact: Maureen McLaughlin, (907) 733-9103

A climber died of an apparent cardiac arrest at the 17,200-foot high camp on Mt. McKinley Friday morning, June 10. According to his tent mates, Brian Young, age 52 of Kodiak, Alaska came into the tent to go to sleep after an arduous 20 hour summit day and suddenly stopped breathing. The tent mates immediately notified the NPS mountaineering patrol stationed at high camp who initiated cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Young did not regain a pulse and was pronounced deceased at 11:00 am by an NPS volunteer physician assistant at high camp.

Young’s body will be recovered from high camp when weather permits.

Did You Know?

scenic image of a green plain bisected by a thin river, mountains and clouds in the distance

Cold temperatures limit trees from growing at high elevation in Denali. Warmer temperatures, however, have led to woody vegetation growing at ever-higher elevations. Treeline changes are a conspicuous sign of climate change.