Climber dies at summit of Mount McKinley |

Climber dies at summit of Mount McKinley

ANCHORAGE, Alaska ” Officials at Denali National Park say a climber has collapsed and died on the summit of Mount McKinley.

They say James Nasti of Naperville, Ill., was reportedly climbing strongly just before he collapsed on Friday evening.

The 51-year-old man was a client on an Alpine Ascents International expedition that began climbing on June 20.

According to the two expedition guides, Nasti exhibited no signs of distress or illness throughout the trip.

Denali National Park mountaineering rangers told the guides to bring the other four clients back down the mountain.

They say a recovery of Nasti’s body from the knife-like ridge would be extremely high-risk.

About 100 people have died on Mount McKinley.

Park officials say this is the first time a mountaineer has died at the summit.

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