Two Deaths in Grand Teton National Park - Climbing Magazine

Two Deaths in Grand Teton National Park


News link - Two deaths and more than a dozen injuries marked the past few days in Grand Teton National Park. On Tuesday, University of Michigan student Jillian Drow, 21, fell while descending the 12,804-foot Middle Teton. Rescuers recovered her body on Wednesday, and they are not yet clear on the details of her death.

Hours later on Wednesday, a lightning storm forced a massive rescue effort. The second casualty occurred when Brandon Oldenkamp, 21, of Sanborn, Iowa, fell while climbing when lightening struck. The storm prompted a rescue involving 83 people working to bring 16 injured climbers to safety before dark. A hospital spokeswoman at St. John’s said three climbers remained there Thursday, but were in good condition.