A 21-year-old Florida man climbing in Glacier National Park was killed when he fell about 1,000 feet from Apikuni Mountain, park officials said.
The unidentified man, from Davie, Florida, was climbing with three others when the accident occurred Tuesday morning.
The four had left the Many Glacier area shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday for the climb. At approximately 11:15 a.m., park dispatch received a report from an individual calling from the Many Glacier Entrance Station that a member of their climbing party had fallen.
"The climbers could not see or reach the fallen climber, and indicated that he was not responding to any communication. The area in which the fall took place is very steep, with cliffs and rocky terrain," a park release said.
Park rangers reached the area by helicopter, while other rangers conducted an aerial reconnaissance to search for the climber. At approximately 6 p.m. the young man's body was spotted. A helicopter and specialized short-haul rescue team from Parks Canada assisted Glacier rangers in recovering the body.
All four members of the climbing party are employees of the park’s concessioner Glacier Park, Inc. and work at the Many Glacier Hotel, the park release said. Apikuni Mountain is located a few miles north of the hotel.