MOOSE, Wyo. (WNCN) — A woman who was originally from North Carolina and another woman died when they fell about 200 feet while trying to climb a mountain in Grand Teton National Park.
The National Park Service says the incident happened around 11 a.m. Saturday on the 12,300-foot Teewinot (tee-WIN’-aht) Mountain, the sixth-tallest peak in the Teton Range.
The agency identified the victims as 27-year-old Elizabeth Tyler Strandberg and 28-year-old Catherine Nix, both of Jackson.
“Tyler” Strandberg was originally from Rocky Mount, according to her Facebook profile. The Park Service said she was from Raleigh and Strandberg lists Rocky Mount as her hometown.
Standberg’s grandparents are former North Carolina Lt. Gov. and Mrs. Jim Gardner of Rocky Mount, according to online records.
A third member of the climbing party, 26-year-old Rebecca Anderson, of Jackson, was rescued unhurt from a small ledge.
Anderson used a cell phone to call authorities at 11:15 a.m Saturday. and reported that the two other members of her climbing party, Strandberg and Nix, had fallen and were now out of sight, the Park Service said in a press release.
She made repeated attempts to yell down to her companions, but received no reply, according to the National Park Service.
Nix is originally from Port Chester, New York, according to the Park Service.
The three women were attempting to ascend the East Face of the mountain and were well off the preferred route when the two fell, the park service said.
The Park Service says they weren’t using ropes at the time. Their bodies were recovered from a rocky ledge at an elevation of about 11,500 feet.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report