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One man dead after falling into the Valhalla Canyon at Grand Teton National Park

Posted on August 13, 2016 12:02 pm under Workplace Injury

A 42-year-old mountain guide, identified by Park Rangers as Gary Falk, died on Saturday, July 23 when he fell into a canyon at Grand Teton National Park.

Falk had been working with the Exum Mountain Guides for over ten years and the group’s president spoke of him highly: “[he was] a diligent guide, always the consummate professional.” He had been guiding a tour group up to the top of Grand Teton, a 13,770-foot-tall peak that reaches the highest in the Teton range.

Despite his extensive climbing, skiing,  and guiding experience, Falk fell about 2,400 feet into the Valhalla Canyon. Park Services dropped two other rangers into the area he fell with a helicopter, and they attached his body to a “long line,” pulling him out of the canyon.

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