19-year-old dies after apparently falling down a mountain in Glacier National Park

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A 19-year-old man from western Montana died in an apparent fall in Glacier National Park, park officials said.

A man called the park dispatch on Tuesday afternoon to report that he had planned to climb Mount Brown with Winslow Nichols of Columbia Falls, but they broke up.

Park rangers found a vehicle believed to be Nichols’ at Lake McDonald Lodge and began a ground search while Two Bear Air began an aerial search.

Around 7 p.m., the helicopter crew spotted Nichols’ body on Mount Brown and recovered it, park officials said in a news release Wednesday.

At an elevation of about 8,500 feet, Mount Brown has “spring-like conditions at the top with a mix of snow and rocks,” officials said.

The circumstances that led to Nichols’ death are still under investigation, but rangers suspect he fell while climbing.

News of Nichols’ death came a day after fellow climber, 32-year-old guide Jillian Elizabeth Webster, was killed and five others were injured on Mount Shasta in California.

More than 2,700 people died in US national parks from 2007 to 2018, according to a 2020 report analysis.

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