On June 18th, climbers , 34, Rick Kellogg, 25 and Colby Coombs, 25, were climbing
the Pink Panther/SE Ridge route at the 13,500-foot level of Mount Foraker when an
avalanche struck and killed Walters and Kellogg. Coombs was injured, but was able
to descend the ridge to a climbers' camp at the 7,000-foot level of nearby Mount
McKinley and report the fatalities on June 24th. All three were experienced climbers.
This incident brings the number of climbers killed in the park this year to 13.
All of the others were on Mount McKinley. The last fatalities recorded on Mount
Foraker were in 1987, when four climbers died in an avalanche. (John Quinley, PA/ARO,
6/25, and Associated Press, 6/26)