Utah man falls to death on Devil's Thumb

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2002

PETERSBURG (AP) -- A Utah man was killed in a climbing accident on Devil's Thumb at the Alaska and British Columbia borders, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

Marc Springer, 30, of Layton, Utah, died in a fall sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning. The details surrounding the fall were not immediately known.

Springer was part of a four-member team doing a weeklong climb of the 9,007-foot high mountain about 120 miles southeast of Juneau.

When the weather turned bad, two of his climbing partners, Mark Anderson, 22, of New Mexico, and Janelle Jakulewicz, 26, of Utah, were taken off the mountain late Friday.

But the crew of the private helicopter company was not able to return for Springer and climbing partner Mike Anderson when the weather worsened.

Mike Anderson called Temsco Helicopters Inc. in Juneau on Saturday morning to report that Springer had fallen to his death sometime during the night.

A Temsco helicopter was waiting at base camp Sunday for the weather to clear so that Anderson could be picked up and Springer's body recovered, said trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

Springer was rescued from Mount McKinley last year when he developed severe altitude sickness at 14,200 feet.

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