Hiker Identified from Fatal Fall on Jackson Peak

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Date: September 2, 2016
Contact: Tim Rains

Glacier National Park Media Release

September 02, 2016

Tim Rains 406-888-5838

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Hiker Identified from Fatal Fall on Jackson Peak

WEST GLACIER, MONT –

The hiker, who fell from Jackson Peak on Tuesday, August 30, has been identified as Dann R. Pilipow, 56 year old male from Portage, Indiana.

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On Tuesday, August 30, two hikers slipped and fell while descending the east face of Mount Jackson. One survived the fall by self-arresting on a snowfield sustaining minor injuries. Unable to locate his fallen companion, he hiked back to Gunsight Campground where the incident was reported to park dispatch at 11:08 p.m. He was later transported via helicopter to West Glacier, and then transported via Three Rivers Ambulance to North Valley Hospital.

Park rangers worked with Two Bear Air and Minuteman Aviation to locate the body of the fallen individual on August 31. A technical rescue team worked with Minuteman Aviation to recover the individual on September 1. The incident is currently under investigation.

Our condolences go out to the friends and family during this time of grief.

Jackson Peak is one of the tallest peaks in Glacier National Park at 10,052 feet. The climbing route varies from a Class 3 to Class 4 depending on the route and the amount of snow and ice. The climbing routes are considered arduous with an approximate elevation gain of 4,800 vertical feet, high amounts of loose scree, a significant amount of exposure on narrow ledges with steep drop offs.

Falls are one of the leading causes of death in the park.

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