Mountain guide falls to his death while leading group

A guide who was leading tourists down Grand Teton mountain has died.

The Exum Mountain Guide company says Gary Falk, 42, was leading a group down from a successful ascent of Grand Teton National Park’s highest peak when he fell at 10:30 a.m. Saturday about 2,400 feet from the top of the Owen-Spalding rappel into Valhalla Canyon near the Black Ice Couloir, the Jackson Hole News Guide reports (

The park’s helicopter flew two rangers into a point nearby, and they hiked to the scene. Falk’s body was recovered via helicopter, the newspaper reports.

Another Exum guide helped the group down the mountain.

Falk, a native of Ouray, Colorado, has been working for Exum for 12 years. He has a wife and two young sons.

All Exum operations were cancelled for Sunday in honor of Falk, the News Guide reports.

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