The National Park Service said an aerial search found Matthias Rammel’s body in the area below Denali Pass. His body has not yet been recovered as authorities will rely on a Ranger patrol that will be adjusted to height to facilitate the effort.
The 35-year-old was single and the first registered climber this season to attempt to climb the 20,310-foot peak, the highest in North America.
The NPS said in a news release that “Rammle may have fallen on the traverse standing between the Danali Pass at 18,200 feet and the plateau at 17,200 feet, which is a notoriously treacherous part of the West Battery Route.”
Ramal, a professional mountaineer from Troll, Austria, began his ascent on April 27 from the 7,200-foot Kaheltna base camp.
According to the NPS, “due to recent climbs, the altitude has already adjusted,” Rami plans to climb alpine-style, which means traveling faster with lighter gear. He planned to complete the ascent in five days, although he was prepared to stay for 10 days with food and fuel.
Authorities say the last known phone call he made was on April 30, when he was about 18,000 feet west of Beatrice in Denali. He said he was tired, but not in distress, “the official said in a news release.
Temperatures on the upper slopes of Denali have been extremely cold over the past week, with the Park Service saying daytime altitudes hovered between -25 and -30 degrees Fahrenheit.
A total of 13 climbers have died in the fall, the NPS said. Most of these declines have occurred on descent.
Denali is located in south central Alaska.