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Vancouver WA man killed during climbing accident near Leavenworth



- Leavenworth, WA


A 44-year-old Vancouver, Washington man passedaway during a climbing accident on the Icicle Buttress south of Leavenworth. The man's climbing partner flagged down a USFS Officer who happened to be in the area to report the accident.

According to the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Search and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and found the male deceased from what appeared to be injuries sustained from the fall. With the assistance of Chelan County Fire

District 3 personnel, the climber was brought to the roadway.


The climbing partner told rescuers the two were climbing on the Buttress trail when a heavy rain storm moved in. She was lowered to the bottom of the pitch and the male climber was to follow. According to deputy reports as she was descending the trail, she heard a noise and saw him fall. It is estimated he fell approximately 100 feet. The name of the climber is not being released pending family notification

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