Alaskan Killed on Denali

Posted on: June 16, 2011

Brian Young, in what marks the fifth death of the season on Denali, passed away at high camp (17,200') in the morning of June 10. Young, a 52-year-old from Kodiak, AK, had just completed a successful 20-hour push for Denali's summit and was preparing for bed when he stopped breathing. His tent mates quickly called for the aid of a nearby NPS mountaineering patrol, but Young was unable to be resuscitated. At 11:00 a.m., he was pronounced dead by a NPS volunteer physician's assistant. Due to inclement conditions, Young's body will remain on the mountain until the weather permits removal.


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Derailed found a soft spot for some prose in a bright spot where the darkness squeezes together and let loose a profound demise of apathy. Fine way to kill a goose with no stones.

2012-06-11 01:09:51

Dear chewtoy,

I think we would all benefit from you never posting on alpinist again. In fact I think it may be best for you not to touch a keyboard again.


2012-06-10 19:34:08

kill 1 |kil| verb [ trans. ] 1 cause the death of (a person, animal, or other living thing) : her father was killed in a car crash.

Opening a dictionary would have saved a lot of typing...

2011-07-09 16:10:43

Editorial semantic question:

I keep seeing news post using the phrase “killed” involving mountaineering deaths.

Though, in a stretch, it is gramarrically (s.p.) correct usage of the word it still confounds.

In particular, do you die of a heart attack or are you killed by a heart attack?

In my hood dieing implies an internal source of demise like cancer for instance.

Ex. She died from cancer after a serious of failed medicated poisonings.

Or an external inanimate source of demise such as rock fall.

Ex. She died due to standing under a falling rock.

Killed implies an active animate outside force upon the victim.

Ex. He was killed on Denali, by his ex-wife, when she disgusted by his un-preparedness, found him spooning with partner.

Maybe I am reading to many Swedish mysteries where folks seem to have perchance to being killed by strangers, but when I see “Killed” on Denali I get Eiger Station Flashbacks (no not the jogging scence).

In summation, mountains don’t kill, care, or notice.

Okay back to general Ethernet bickering. Please excuse the stylized interlude.

2011-07-04 00:13:13
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