Utah man falls to his death on Devil's Thumb

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2002

PETERSBURG - Rescuers hoped weather would clear today so they could recover the body of a mountain climber who died in a weekend fall on Devil's Thumb, about 120 miles southeast of Juneau.

Marc Springer, 30, of Layton, Utah, died sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning. Details surrounding the fall were not immediately known, Alaska State Troopers said.

Springer was part of a four-member team doing a week-long climb of the 9,007-foot mountain on the Alaska-British Columbia border near Baird Glacier.

When the weather turned bad, two of his climbing partners, Mark Anderson, 22, of New Mexico, and Janelle Jakulewicz, 26, of Utah, were taken off the mountain late Friday.

But the crew of the private helicopter company was not able to return for Springer and climbing partner Mike Anderson when the weather worsened.

Mike Anderson called Temsco Helicopters in Juneau on Saturday morning to report Springer had fallen to his death sometime during the night.

A Temsco helicopter was waiting at base camp this morning for the weather to clear so Anderson could be picked up and Springer's body recovered.

Springer was rescued from Mount McKinley last year when he developed severe altitude sickness at 14,200 feet.

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