A long time competitor in one of Alaska’s most famous and dangerous backcountry races has died. Rob Kehrer was found dead while competing in the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic over the weekend in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.
Search efforts were based out of McCarthy. Around 4 p.m., Kehrer’s body was located by an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter crew about two and a half miles downstream from where he was last seen. Hs body was transported to Providence Hospital in Anchorage.
Kehrer, a Mat-Su resident, was a 10-year veteran of the race. The race itself is 32 years old and has been held in various places such as the Brooks Range, Kenai Peninsula, and Talkeetna Mountains. ince 2012, it has been held in Wrangell-St. Elias.
Christian says it is an unsanctioned event and is not permitted in the park.
Christian says park officials cannot stop the event because they don’t know when it’s held every year. He says they plan to talk to the event organizers in order to prevent similar event from happening again.