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Ill Climber Killed In Mount Mckinley Fall

Sun., June 11, 1995

A climber fell 4,000 feet to his death while trying to move out of a camp on Mount McKinley where he and two fellow hikers had been stranded for three days.

Authorities weren’t sure what caused the man to fall Friday evening, said John Quinley, National Park Service spokesman in Anchorage.

The climbers - three men from Spain - had been stranded by illness for three days within 1,100 feet of the 20,320-foot summit when their emergency radio transmission was picked up by a Civil Air Patrol squad. Through a translator, the Park Service urged the climbers to try to put on crampons Friday and begin moving.

The three men reported that they were suffering from frostbite and altitude sickness.

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