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Search Scaled Back For Soloist on Mount Sanford in Alaska

May 17 2004 at 4:49 PM
Juneau Empire  (Login dipper)

Response to May Accident Reports


The search for a Utah man who went missing while attempting a solo climb of a mountain in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska was scaled back Sunday.
Jason Harper, 28, of Salt Lake City, set out May 4 to climb Mount Sanford, a 16,237-foot peak in the 13.2-million-acre Wrangell-St. Elias, the largest national park in the country. The park contains 9 of the 16 highest peaks in the United States, including Mount Sanford.
Harper planned to climb Sheep Glacier to the summit and return in five days. The area is at the 3,000-foot level, about 20 miles northwest of the summit. From the drop-off, it's about 20 miles to the summit over a vertical climb of 12,000 feet.

Harper carried 40 pounds of gear but no tent.

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