Brian Young, in what marks the fifth death of the season on Denali, passed away at high
camp (17,200′) in the morning of June 10. Young, a 52-year-old from Kodiak, AK, had
just completed a successful 20-hour push for Denali’s summit and was preparing for
bed when he stopped breathing. His tent mates quickly called for the aid of a nearby NPS
mountaineering patrol, but Young was unable to be resuscitated.
At 11:00 a.m., he was pronounced dead by a NPS volunteer physician’s assistant. Due
to inclement conditions, Young’s body will remain on the mountain until the weather