Climber rescued from McKinley is recovering

Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A South Korean climber rescued from Mount McKinley Monday underwent surgery for a bleeding ulcer shortly after he was whisked down from North America's highest peak, according to the National Park Service.

The climber was identified as Chi-Hyeon Pack, 27, of Seoul. He was in stable condition Tuesday evening in Alaska Regional Hospital after his surgery.

Pack was airlifted from the high camp at 14,200 feet Monday after asking for help at the medical tent at the camp. A high-altitude helicopter brought him down to 7,200 feet, where an Air National Guard helicopter picked him up and took him to Anchorage.

Pack was in the same eight-member party as 23-year-old Young Tak Chin. Chin was rescued over the weekend after suffering acute altitude sickness on the mountain. He returned to Korea on Sunday.

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