Four Japanese climbers feared dead on Denali after avalanche

Alaska’s Denali, North America’s highest peak. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

Some bad news from Alaska after authorities with the National Park Service said that four Japanese climbers are feared dead after an avalanche on Denali, also known as Mount McKinley.

Search and recovery efforts are under way near 11,800 feet, according to news reports.

Denali, at 20,327 feet, is North America’s highest mountain.

Here is a few details about the accident from CNN:

Hitoshi Ogi, 69, was unable to locate his fellow climbers and descended solo to the Kahiltna base camp and reported the event late Thursday afternoon.

The missing were identified as male climbers Yoshiaki Kato, 64, and Tamao Suzuki, 63, and female climbers Masako Suda, 50, and Michiko Suzuki, 56. All are from Miyagi Prefecture and are affiliated with the Miyagi Workers Alpine Federation.

You can read the full report from CNN here.

Search and rescue personnel work on recovery efforts for four Japanese climbers feared dead after an avalanche on Denali. (National Parks System photo)

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