Solo climber on Yukon’s Mount Lo­gan awaits res­cue af­ter earthquakes

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

WHITE­HORSE — Parks Canada says a team from Klu­ane Na­tional Park in Yukon is in close con­tact with a climber who is stuck on Canada’s high­est peak.

Natalia Martinez of Ar­gentina is mak­ing a solo ascent of Mount Lo­gan but her plans were dis­rupted by two pow­er­ful earthquakes that jolted the Alaska Pan­han­dle and south­west­ern Yukon early Mon­day.

Parks Canada’s Chris­tine Aikens said the vis­i­tor safety team from Klu­ane Na­tional Park in Haines Junc­tion was work­ing with Martinez to de­velop a plan to get her off the moun­tain.

An of­fi­cial with the com­pany that flew the 37-year-old to the east ridge of Mount Lo­gan sev­eral weeks ago said the ex­pe­ri­enced climber is pinned down at about the 3,700-me­tre mark of the nearly 6,000-me­tre peak. “She had as­cended the hard­est part of the route when those earthquakes hit, so there was a lot of avalanches and rock fall,” said Sian Wil­liams of Ice­field Dis­cov­ery. “We were very happy to hear that she was safe when we heard from her the morning af­ter the earthquake.”

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