24-Year-Old Climber’s Body Found on “Grand Traverse” Route in Grand Teton National Park, WY

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Alexander Kenan on Mt. Hood, OR in May 2017.

A 24-year-old climber named Alexander Kenan was found dead on Friday morning between Teewinot and Mount Owen in Grand Teton National Park, WY, according to park officials.  He was found on the 14-mile Grand Traverse route.

The Grand Traverse Route Description:

This is a north to south traverse of ten of the Grand Teton’s range most important summits. The starting elevation in the valley floor is 6,700 feet. The summit elevations in order are: Teewinot 12,324 feet; Mount Owen 12,928 feet; the Grand Teton 13,770 feet; Middle Teton 12,804 feet; South Teton 12,514 feet; Cloudveil Dome 12,026 feet; Nez Perce 11,901 feet.” – PataClimb.com

His body was discovered by a mountain guide and client.

Two rangers were flown to the scene once they received the report of the deceased climber.

Alexander’s body was removed from the mountain on Friday by long line helicopter.

Alexander was found with a rope, helmet, harness, and the right climbing gear for the climb, according to officials.

Alexander was from Chapel Hill, NC.

Rangers believe that Alexander died in a fall within 7-days of his discovery but there were no witnesses.  Rangers are asking for anyone with any information about Alexander to please contact them:  307-739-3301.


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