An Exum mountain guide fell to his death while guiding a group of clients down from a successful summit of the 13,770′ Grand Teton in Wyoming yesterday.
Guide Gary Falk, 42, died after falling 2,400 feet from the top of the Owen-Spalding rappell into Valhalla Canyon at 10:30am on Saturday.
Two park rangers were flown onto the peak to investigate and locate Gary’s body. They found Gary’s remains and had them extracted via helicopter long-line. Another guide helped the rangers down the mountain.
Gary was from Ouray, Colorado and was a highly-respected mountain guide with 12-years of guiding experience with Exum.
Gary leaves behind a wife and two small boys.
“Gary was a diligent guide, always the consummate professional. Exum is grieving from this news and struggling to comprehend the situation. … Our love goes out to Kate and their sons.” – Exum chief Nat Partridge
Exum Mountain Guides are the most badass guides in the USA – guiding technical routes, such as the Grand Teton, every day.
Our deepest condolences to Gary’s family, friends, Exum Mountain Guides, and the entire guide community.