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WEST GLACIER, Mont. [July 23, 2020] – Glacier National Park has identified the victim of a climbing accident in the Logan Pass area on the evening of Tuesday, July 21 as 20-year-old Josh Yarrow of Wichita, Kansas. Yarrow was spending the summer working for a local business in the West Glacier area.
Yarrow was mountain climbing off-trail in the area referred to as the Dragon’s Tail, southwest of Mount Reynolds. He was attempting to retrieve a fallen backpack at the time of the accident. His fall of approximately 500 feet was witnessed by a climbing partner who went for help. Glacier National Park rangers received the report of the accident at 7:46 pm and immediately initiated a search and rescue operation.
Two Bear Air’s rescue helicopter was able to get to the victim and confirm that he had died. The body was recovered by Two Bear Air.
Glacier National Park officials remind visitors that off-trail hiking and mountain climbing are inherently dangerous activities due to extremely rugged and steep terrain. Hikers and climbers will encounter steep snowfields and loose rocks along many of the climbing routes within the park.
This incident was the second rescue mission in the Logan Pass area within the past week. On Wednesday, July 16th a climber was injured after sliding down a snowfield near the saddle on Mt Oberlin. Falls while hiking and climbing, along with drowning, are the leading causes of accidental death in Glacier National Park.
Last updated: July 23, 2020