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Contact: Brandy Burke, 406-888-5838
WEST GLACIER, Mont. [June 8, 2022] – At approximately 3 pm on Tuesday, June 7, Glacier National Park dispatch received a missing person notification from a concerned friend who lost contact with his climbing partner, 19-year-old Winslow Nichols of Columbia Falls, MT. The two men planned to hike and climb Mt. Brown together and became separated.
Park rangers launched a search and located a vehicle at Lake McDonald Lodge matching the description provided by the climbing partner.
Glacier National Park ground crews searched the nearby area, and Two Bear Air performed an air search. Around 7 pm the same day, Two Bear Air found Nichols deceased on Mt. Brown and recovered his body.
The exact circumstances leading to Nichols’ death are unknown, however rangers suspect he fell while climbing. No foul play is suspected. The death remains under investigation by Glacier National Park law enforcement rangers.
Mt. Brown is approximately 8,500 ft in elevation with spring conditions at the top with mixed snow and rocks.
The park thanks the Flathead County Dispatch for their professional and prompt transfer of the incident and Two Bear Air for their quick recovery efforts.
Park staff would like to express their deepest condolences to the family and ask that the public respect the family’s privacy.
Last updated: June 8, 2022