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Climber dies after falling from Dragon’s Tail ridge at Glacier National Park

A 20-year-old climber died at Glacier National Park in Montana after falling several hundred feet from a ridge known as the Dragon’s Tail.

Josh Yarrow, was attempting to retrieve a backpack on Tuesday evening when he fell, the National Park Service said in a statement.

A climbing partner saw Yarrow fall and went to get help, according to the park service.




Park rangers received the accident report at about 7:45 p.m. and began a search and rescue operation. A rescue helicopter was able to recover Yarrow’s body.

Yarrow was from Wichita, Kansas, and had gotten a summer job with a business in the West Glacier area, according to the statement.

The Dragon’s Tail is a steep, off-trail climbing route southwest of Reynolds Mountain. It’s not far from Logan Pass, which is popular with visitors and the highest elevation in the park that can be reached by car.



The terrain is very rugged and drops off on either side of the ridge.

Last week rescuers had to save another climber, who was hurt after sliding down a snowfield in the Logan Pass area.

This was the second death at the park this year.