Name of Mt. Wake Climbing Fatality Released
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.
Did You Know?
Warmer average temperatures over several decades have resulted in expansion of woody vegetation. If this warming trend continues, it will change Alaska's ecosystems and drastically alter the physical appearance of Denali's landscape, as treeline marches higher up the mountains.