Austrian Mountain Climber Matthias Rimml Found Dead In Alaska National Park

Bryan Dijkhuizen

On Friday, national park officials in Alaska discovered the corpse of the year's first registered climber on Mount Denali, North America's highest mountain, according to reports.

Because it was so early in the climbing season, Matthias Rimml, a 35-year-old professional mountain guide from Tirol, Austria, was alone on the top portion of Denali, a 20,310-foot peak located approximately 240 miles north of Anchorage. Rimml was accompanied by a friend. From May through the middle of July, the climbing season is generally in full swing.

Climbers and rangers from other groups are camping below the 14,000-foot (4,267-meter) elevation.

According to Denali National Park and Preserve authorities, Rimml had not been deemed late when compared to his projected return date, as well as his food and fuel supply levels. Nevertheless, a friend who had been getting occasional check-ins from Rimml notified mountaineering rangers on Tuesday after not receiving a call for many days, according to a statement from the authorities.

Rimml had already adjusted to the altitude, according to park authorities, due to prior treks in the area. He intended to climb Denali in alpine style, which means he would move quickly and with little equipment.

His objective was to reach the peak in five days, despite the fact that he had enough gasoline and food to sustain him for a total of ten days.

His final known phone contact with his buddy was on April 30, during which he indicated that he was fatigued but not in trouble, according to the records. His position on the West Buttress, which is the most common route for Denali climbers, was reported by Rimml to be just below Denali Pass, at 18,200 feet in height, just below Denali Pass.

On Wednesday, a National Park Service chopper with a pilot and climbing ranger was sent to search for Rimml. Intermittent clouds made it impossible to conduct a comprehensive search, but they were unable to find any evidence of his presence.

Officials believe Rimml died on the steep passage between Denali Pass, at 18,200 feet, and the 17,200-foot plateau, which is a famously difficult portion of the West Buttress route, where he was likely killed. According to the statement, thirteen climbers, including Rimml, have perished in falls along that route, with the bulk of the deaths happening on the descent.

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