Hiker killed in fall on East Twin Peak

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A hiker was killed in a fall on East Twin Peak.

Rescuers found the body of Tracy Shelden, 33, of Wasilla late Friday night. Shelden was hiking with his 11-year-old son and some others when he struck out alone to scout a route through a tough area. The group was hiking a traverse from the Eklutna Power House to Eklutna Lake, via Twin Peaks.

Mike Majors, one of the hikers, said Saturday that the trek was expected to take 20 hours. As they ascended the north face of East Twin Peak on Friday evening, the weather soured and fog moved in.

''Right before summiting, it got pretty steep, so Tracy went up to see if it did run into a rock face or not,'' he said. ''He went over the summit ridge, just east of the true summit.''

Majors said when Shelden didn't return, he went looking for him but got trapped in a chute. Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group were called in and Majors was rescued from the chute.

Shelden's body was found below a 300-foot cliff. The spot is nearly the same where a Michigan hiker was killed in July 1998.

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