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.
Geraldine Nelson, 78, was last seen at her home on Churchill Way late Sunday afternoon. She may have been wearing black pants and a black or light blue coat or sweater.
Dylan Listberger of Juneau sued Guardian Flight over the death of his 30-year-old fiancée Stacie Rae Morse, a flight nurse who was 27 weeks pregnant at the time, according to the lawsuit filed earlier this year.