JULy 26, 2022
Glacier National Park said the bodies of two climbers were located Monday after having been reported missing. (Keila Szpaller/The Daily Montanan)
The bodies of two local men were located Monday on Dusty Star Mountain after being reported overdue from a climb in Glacier National Park, the park reported Monday in a news release.
The climbers were a 67-year-old male from Columbia Falls and 67-year-old male from Kalispell, Glacier said. The names of the climbers are being withheld until family members can be notified, the park said.
Glacier said a plan is underway for their recovery.
The men were climbing Dusty Star Mountain and initiated the trip on July 21 with the plan to hike out July 22, according to the news release. They were reported missing on July 24, and park rangers located their vehicle at the trailhead on the same day.
An air search began on July 24 in the Dusty Star Mountain area on the east side route of approach where vegetation is extremely dense with potentially dangerous terrain, the news release said. The park said Two Bear Air flew on July 24 in daylight and darkness.
Minuteman Aviation took over Monday morning and located the bodies of the climbers, the park said. A plan is underway for recovery of the bodies and the climbers’ belongings, Glacier said.
Park staff would like to express their deepest condolences to the families and ask that the public respect the families’ privacy.