Mountain guide dies after falling into Grand Teton canyon

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The Grand Tetons are seen October 4, 2012 in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Grand Teton National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming. Approximately 310,000 acres (130,000 ha) in size, the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile (64 km) long Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK — A mountain guide died after falling into a canyon at Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, authorities said.

Park Rangers identified the guide as Gary Falk, 42, of Ouray, Colorado. He had been working for Exum Mountain Guides for 12 years, according to a statement.

Park officials said they were notified Saturday morning that Falk had fallen about 2,400 feet in the Valhalla Canyon near the Black Ice Coulier.

He had been leading a group of climbers to the summit of Grand Teton, the highest peak in the Teton Range at 13,770 feet.

A Park Service helicopter dropped two rangers into the area, who hiked to the victim and pulled his body out using a “long line” — a 150-foot line attached to the helicopter.

Exum Mountain Guide’s president and co-owner called Falk “a diligent guide, always the consummate professional.”

Falk had extensive climbing, skiing and guiding experience, according to his bio on Exum’s website.

Falk leaves behind a wife and two young sons.