Two climbers rescued from Denali after snowboarding injury

From National Parks Service
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - An injured climber and their partner were rescued off of Denali's Windy Corner by helicopter.

The team reported Wednesday that one of the climbers suffered traumatic injuries while snowboarding down the mountain at around 13,500 feet.

The climbers contacted park officials using an InReach Device and satellite phone. National Park Service Rangers attempted a rescue that evening but turned around as a result of high winds and poor visibility.

On Thursday evening, a helicopter was able to locate the two but high winds again kept rescuers from reaching them.

A storm rolled onto the next day and Saturday a crew was able to access the climbers and give them a medical assessment and reinforce them with supplies in case the storm continued.

Sunday, the weather cleared and a rescue team was able to reach the crew and splint the injured climber and prepare the team for rescue.

That evening a helicopter was able to conduct a short-haul evacuation and the injured climber was taken to Talkeetna for medical treatment.

No information is currently available on the condition of the climber.

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