Guide Company Owner Responds to Denali Tragedy

Last week, a horrific climbing accident on Denali’s West Buttress route claimed the life of one climber and seriously injured two others.  Todd Rutledge is co owner of Colorado-based Mountain Trip, the company that organized the climb.  Of the two guides and four clients on that ascent, four summited the mountain.  But on the descent, about 800 feet from the top, one climber fell, pulling three others down.  I asked Rutledge for an update on the injured climbers and guide Dave Staeheli and Jeremiah O’Sullivan.

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