GRAND TETON PARK, Wyo. — A sudden late summer snowstorm killed three mountain climbers and injured two others on 13,766-foot Grand Teton mountain in Grand Teton National Park, a park spokesman said today.
The climbers belonged to two teams, one from Jackson and the other from Seattle, both of which began their assault on the mountain in sunny weather Wednesday.
Park spokesman John Krambrink said the winterlike blizzard struck the top of the Grand Teton on Wednesday evening with winds blowing in excess of 80 m.p.h.
The storm continued through Thursday, when park rangers received a distress call from the climbers.
Because of the high-intensity storm, Krambrink said, a helicopter rescue was not possible. Rescue teams were sent up the mountain on foot Thursday night.