Colo. climbing guide dies in Wyoming fall
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. ” A guide died Saturday while climbing alone at Grand Teton National Park, officials say.
George Gardner, 58, of Ridgway, Colo., died Saturday evening, said Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott. She said Gardner was not guiding clients at the time. Park rangers are investigating the incident.
Gardner worked with Exum Mountain Guides for 28 years. His companion guides found him dead Sunday morning beneath the Lower Exum Ridge.
“Needless to say, we’re all devastated,” said Jack Turner, president of Exum Mountain Guides. “I don’t know a single human being that didn’t love George.”
Turner said the circumstances of Gardner’s fall are a mystery. “What happened we don’t and will never know,” he said.
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Gardner had climbed in the Himalayas and in North and South America. He taught in the Himalayas for Sterling College in Vermont.
Fellow guide Hans Johnstone said Gardner was joyous. “He was a happy man,” Johnstone said. “He was one of the most smiley guys you ever saw.”
Gardner is survived by his wife, Colleen, son Michael and daughter Megan.