A Climber From New Jersey Has Died Attempting To Summit North America's Highest Mountain Denali

A climber from New Jersey has collapsed and died while on a summit push to the top of Denali in Alaska, North America's tallest mountain.

Denali is the tallest mountain in North America
Denali is the tallest mountain in North America

A 48-year-old climber from Stockton, New Jersey collapsed and died on Friday evening while attempting to summit Alaska's Denali mountain, the tallest peak in North America.

Fernando Birman collapsed at approximately 5:45 pm at a height of 19,700 feet while climbing to the top of the 20,310-foot mountain, the National Park Service confirmed in a statement.

The guides that were escorting Mr Birman up the mountain immediately performed CPR, but the climber tragically never regained a pulse. The park service confirmed that he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said that Mr Birman's official cause of death has not been confirmed, however, the signs are consistent with sudden cardiac arrest.

Mr Birman was a member of a 12-person guided tour that started their ascent on May 22.

Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley, is the tallest mountain in North America.

An expedition to the summit of Denali usually lasts between 17 and 21 days, with climbers typically reaching the summit on day 12 or 13.

The body of Mr Birman was brought down to 19,500 feet by his guides to a plateau known as the Football Field. Mr Birman was then taken via helicopter off the mountain using a short-haul basket. Woman Dies After 100ft Fall On Snowdonia Peak In Rock Climbing Accident In Wales


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