Czech climber dies while skiing on Denali

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A mountaineer from the Czech Republic is dead after an estimated 1,500-foot fall on Denali Mountain.

The National Park Service reports 45-year-old Pavel Michut was skiing Messner Couloir when he fell Saturday.

Nearby climbers found his body within 10 minutes.

A park service statement says hard-packed snow conditions had developed in the area because of days of extreme wind.

The body will be flown to the Alaska State Medical Examiner once the weather is safe.