Report Doesn’t Fault Guides in Wyoming Climbing Death

January 22, 2014

Investigators have concluded that climbing guides are not to blame for a 55-year-old client’s fatal slip while descending the Grand Teton in northwest Wyoming last June.

The report by Grand Teton National Park rangers says the Exum guides made sound decisions leading up to and after the accident.

Gary Miller, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died after slipping on a steep slope and sliding into icy water in an opening in the snowpack on June 20, 2013. He died from hypothermia.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide obtained the report from the National Park Service through a Freedom of Information Act request.

It was the first death of a guided climber in the Grand Teton National Park since 1986.

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