Searchers are continuing to look for two men who officials said Tuesday likely fell while climbing a mountain in Alaska’s Denali National Park.
Eli Michel, 34, and Nafiun Awal, 32, are missing off the Moose’s Tooth, which has a peak of 10,300 feet. They were reported missing Sunday, the National Park Service said.
Officials believe the two men likely fell Friday, the park service said in a statement.
An empty tent was spotted, and boot tracks led up to a slab avalanche site, it said.
“Several pieces of the climber’s equipment were also sighted along the 3,200-foot fall line, including two ice axes and a climbing helmet,” the statement said.
Denali National Park covers 6 million acres, and is famous for Denali, a 20,310-foot-tall mountain which is the tallest peak in North America.
The Moose’s Tooth is in Ruth Gorge, which according to the park is known for vertical rock and ice walls.
Michel, of Columbia City in Indiana, and Awal, of Seattle, last checked in with a friend at 5 a.m. Friday using a satellite communication device, the park service has said.
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