Italian climber dies in fall on Mount McKinley

May 16, 2011 - 9:30 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 67-year-old mountain climber from Italy died Monday morning on Mount McKinley, the second fatality in five days.

The National Park Service says mountaineers at the 17,200-foot high camp saw the climber fall from Denali Pass near the 18,000-foot level.

Park Service mountaineering ranger Matt Hendrickson and three patrol members responded and confirmed that Luciano Colombo of Mandello, Italy, died of traumatic injuries in a 1,000-foot fall.

Colombo has begun the traverse from Denali Pass to the 17,200-foot camp along a 45-degree slope of hard, windblown snowpack.

He was travelling ahead of his two teammates and was not roped. His body was taken to the 17,200-foot high camp.

On Thursday, a Swiss climber was found dead at 18,000 feet. The cause has not been determined.