2 Die in Mt McKinley Fall

By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Jun 13, 2009 7:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two experienced climbers died this week trying to summit Mount McKinley, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The pair plunged at least 2,000 feet from the 20,320-foot mountain, North America’s tallest peak. Officials say it’s unclear whether the men reached the summit before their fall on Thursday or why they were on a particularly treacherous route not usually used by climbers. About 1,200 climbers attempt McKinley each year, and a handful of deaths usually result.

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