Fernando Birman, New Jersey Man, Dies Climbing Alaska’s Denali, Third Fatality This Yr


A New Jersey man has died trying to reach the summit of Mount Denali in Alaska, the third known fatality this year at North America’s tallest peak. Fernando Birman, a 48-year-old from Stockton, collapsed at an altitude of 19,700 feet last Friday, just 600 feet from the summit. Guides on his organized tour performed CPR but were unable to save him, the National Park Service said. Last month, a Japanese climber died on Denali after falling through an ice bridge, while an Austrian got into trouble trying to climb solo in April. His body was discovered in May. Officials say there have been 129 climbing fatalities in the park since 1932.

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