An NPS ranger patrol responded to a request for help at 17,500 feet on Denali’s West Buttress route at approximately 1 am on June 16. An independent party of three had been descending from Denali Pass when one of the teammates collapsed due to unknown illness. By the time the initial team of two NPS mountaineering volunteers reached the scene, the climber was unresponsive. Despite emergency medical interventions, the patient never regained consciousness and was pronounced deceased.
UPDATE; June 18
The mountaineer who died at 17,500 feet on Denali’s West Buttress route on June 16 is identified as Sanjay Pandit, age 28, of Kathmandu, Nepal. Pandit was descending the mountain with two teammates when he succumbed to an unknown medical illness.
The climber’s remains will be recovered from the 17,200-foot high camp when the cloudy and windy weather conditions improve.