Park respond to multiple emergencies; 2 dead, 1 injured

By on June 21, 2013

Lander climber, Jeff Judkins injured on Mount Owen June 20.

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Grand Teton National Park officials have announced multiple emergencies within the Park on Thursday, June 20, as park rangers responded to back-to-back rescues, two resulting in fatalities.

At 11 a.m. rangers responded to a Teton County request for assistance to a 56 year-old  Buffalo Valley man in cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead after nearly an hour of resuscitation.

Later in the afternoon, rangers responded to a call for help from a location on Mount Owen (12,928 feet) for an injured climber. Lander climber, Jeff Judkins was injured when a large chunk of rock he was climbing on broke free. He fell nearly 10 feet. Two park rangers extricated him to Lupine Meadows around 5 p.m.

Shortly after the Judkins rescue, Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a call to rescue a climber on the North Fork of Garnet Canyon who had fallen into a moat. Six rangers were flown in to the moat area and rescued 55 year-old Gary Miller from Colorado via short haul to Lupine Meadows.

Miller was eventually air lifted to Idaho Falls where he was pronounced dead that evening.


Image: Jeff Judkins Facebook

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  1. Raull

    June 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    The Teton Range is still melting off which means rock fall, super sloppy slippery conditions, and snow and ice to deal with. If the Guides are getting hurt and they’re losing clients then you know it’s time to think twice about your ability to navigate the mountain safely.

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