2 Women Die in 200-Foot Fall at National Park

Climbers weren't wearing ropes; 3rd woman rescued
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 24, 2015 1:01 PM CDT
2 Women Die in 200-Foot Fall at National Park
A skier passes in front of Teewinot and the Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park in this 2011 photo. Two climbers died on Teewinot over the weekend.   (AP Photo / Jackson Hole News&Guide, Angus M. Thuermer Jr.)

Two women died when they fell about 200 feet while trying to climb a mountain in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The National Park Service says the accident occurred around 11am Saturday on the 12,300-foot Teewinot Mountain, the sixth-tallest peak in the Teton Range. The agency identified the victims as 27-year-old Tyler Strandberg and 28-year-old Catherine Nix, both of Jackson. Their bodies were recovered from a rocky ledge at an elevation of about 11,500 feet.

A third member of the climbing party, 26-year-old Rebecca Anderson, also of Jackson, was rescued unhurt from a small ledge. The three women were attempting to ascend the East Face of the mountain and were well off the preferred route when the two fell. The Park Service says they weren't using ropes at the time. (More Grand Teton National Park stories.)

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