GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Two experienced climbers found dead on Grand Teton earlier this week had tumbled about 1,500 feet down a steep snowy slope after one of their anchors gave way, a park official said today.
Why the anchor gave way is not known and might never be known, park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said. The anchor could have popped loose, or a rock could have fallen from above and knocked the anchor loose, she said.
Alan Rooney, 38, and Jonathan Morrow, 28, both of nearby Kelly, were experienced climbers, had the right equipment and were wearing helmets.
They were found roped together at the10,650-foot elevation of the 13,766-foot mountain. Skaggs said the two were preparing to climb a couloir on a part of the Grand Teton known for “some serious terrain” and rockfall. Friends of the two climbers planned two memorial ceremonies onSaturday in their honor.