Grand Teton National Park – On Friday, August 25, 2017 Jenny Lake Rangers recovered the body of Alexander Kenan about 400 feet below Peak 11840 in Grand Teton National Park. Authorities are unsure when the accident occurred.
Kenan’s body was first spotted by a mountain guide with a client while rappelling. They alerted authorities around 10 AM and Park Rangers were flown to the location by helicopter. The Rangers rappelled to the site of the accident and extracted the body via long line. The NPS Press Release notes that “Due to the location and condition of the body, rangers believe Kenan died from a fall within the past week.”
Authorities are investigating the incident. The NPS Press Release states “There are no known witnesses to the incident which led to Kenan’s death. The incident is under investigation by the Jenny Lake Rangers. They request anyone who was climbing in the Teewinot Mountain or Mount Owen area on or after Monday, August 21 to call Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307-739-3301 whether or not they saw Kenan.”
Alexander Kenan, 24, is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was found with rope, helmet, and other appropriate gear.
Peak 11840 is located along the Grand Traverse between Teewinot and Mount Owen. The Grand Traverse is 5.8 north to south traverse covering about 14 miles and tagging 10 notable peaks in Grand Teton National Park. Read more about the Grand Traverse at PataClimb.com.
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