Deteriorating weather had ended search efforts for the day about an hour before Kiefer was found.
The woman contacted her husband, telling him she had been charged by multiple bears and had used bear spray. Shortly after that, she stopped responding to phone calls and messages.
The first month of climbing season on Denali has seen more search-and-rescue calls than there are in some entire years.
The flamingo riders weren’t worried at first.
A group of 12 mountaineers were rescued Tuesday from a glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park by the Alaska National Guard.
The pair of New York pilots had crashed their Cessna 182 into a mountainside at 6,000 feet — hard enough that one of its wings was gone, and their gear was scattered across the mountainside.
Park officials said three other climbers have been evacuated off Denali so far this season, one with frostbite and two with high-altitude pulmonary edema.
On Saturday, Juneau Police said that a member of the search dog team found Nelson’s body Friday afternoon. They said her death doesn’t appear suspicious.
The elderly Alaska Native woman has been missing for five days.
Nelson said lighting up the runway is just another example of the community coming together.