APU Student Killed In Climbing Accident On Mt. Yukla

A young man fell to his death on Sunday while climbing Mount Yukla, above Eagle River. 

Dasan Marshall, 24, of Portland, Oregon was a student at Alaska Pacific University. College spokeswoman Eeva Latosuo says his climb was not part of school.

“He was on a personal climbing trip with his climbing partner,” Latosuo said. “He was attempting the north face of Mt. Yukla when he slipped and fell 1,000 feet.”

Lagosuo says Marshall had been living in Alaska since 2012. His climbing resume included ascents of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Baker. In Alaska, Dasan had completed the West Buttress of Denali and multiple routes around Kahiltna Base Camp and Pike Glacier, as well as many other technical peaks and routes in the Western Chugach.

Marshall had been attending his last semester at APU to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Studies and working on his senior project that involved starting an alpine club for the student community at APU.

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