The Canadian climber was in critical condition on Tuesday after falling about 1,000 meters during a trek to Mount Denali in Alaska, the National Park Service said.
Adam Rawski, 31, of Barnaby, British Columbia, was airlifted off a mountain by helicopter after a short crash Monday from Denali Pass at an altitude of 18,200 meters in Denmark, park officials said in a statement.
Passengers at the 17,200-foot-high camp saw a fall and responding directors found that Rawski was “unresponsive due to multiple traumatic injuries,” the park service said. He was taken to Anchorage Hospital.
Rawski had been descending from Denali, 20,310 meters, when he fell, said park spokeswoman Sharon Stiteler.
After the rise closed last year due to the coronavirus epidemic, crowds have returned to the highest peak in North America. A total of 382 mountaineers on Tuesday, six of whom attended the summit, Stiteler said.
Rawski’s fall was the third serious accident to climb the mountain in Denali National Park, although it was the first in Denmark itself.
On May 3, a mountaineer died after falling on an ice sheet in the southeastern part of the park. Ten days later, a passenger was killed and his partner was injured when they were hit by snow falling on them while climbing a hill.