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Hiker in Glacier National Park Suffers Fatal Climbing Accident

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Date: August 22, 2009
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406-888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MONT. - Glacier National Park officials are saddened by the loss of a park visitor Saturday, August 22, 2009. Details are still being gathered, but it appears that a male climbing below Ahern Pass near Helen Lake east of the Continental Divide fell some fifty feet around 2 p.m. Saturday. Another hiker in the area spotted the victim, climbed down to him, and found that the climbing accident had been fatal. People with the second hiker made their way to the Granite Park Chalet and reported the incident.

Saturday evening, Minuteman Aviation pf West Glacier, will transport the victim plus two family members that were hiking with the victim from the scene of the accident. Additional details will be released as they become available.

- NPS-

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Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.