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Name of Mt. Wake Climbing Fatality Released

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Date: April 27, 2007
Contact: Maureen McLaughlin, 907-733-9103

National Park Service officials have released the name of the climber who died on Monday, April 23 on Mt. Wake in Denali National Park and Preserve. Lara-Karena Kellogg, age 38, of Seattle, Washington died from injuries sustained in a 1,000-foot fall that occurred while rappelling the technical Northeast Ridge. Her climbing partner did not directly witness the fall, and it remains unknown exactly what caused the rappelling accident.

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Small amounts of airborne pollutants from around the world arrive in Denali every year. Remoteness alone cannot protect the park's clean air. As global human population grows, it is likely that increasing global emissions will affect Denali's air quality.