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Two climbers fall to deaths on Alaska's Mt. McKinley

June 12, 2009 |  2:59 pm

Mt. McKinley as photographed from an airplane in 2007.

Two climbers who perished Thursday after plummeting 2,000 feet on Alaska's Mt. McKinley have been identified as John Mislow, 39, of Newton, Mass., and Andrew Swanson, 36, of Minneapolis.

They reportedly were roped together when they fell while on the Messner Couloir, from about 16,500 feet to about 14,500 feet.

Both were doctors and experienced climbers, and their bodies were recovered, according to a story in today's Anchorage Daily News. McKinley, at 20,320 feet, is North America's highest peak. More than 300 mountaineers remain on the mountain, which is within Denali National Park & Preserve.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Mt. McKinley as photographed from an airplane in 2007. Credit: Ron Drake

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