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Grand Teton National Park
Climbing Accident

(National Park Service) The body of Dwight Bishop, of Butte, Montana, was found by park rangers on the west side of the Grandstand in upper Valhalla Canyon on the evening of Tuesday, July 20th.

Initial findings indicate that Bishop took a significant fall perhaps as much as 1,000 feet and died of massive traumatic injuries. He most likely slipped while free soloing the North Ridge of the Grand Teton along the Grand Traverse.

A climbing party located a backpack in upper Valhalla Canyon and alerted two members of the search party at 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday. As the two rangers proceeded to the location to investigate, the park’s contract helicopter flew to the scene. A ranger in the helicopter spotted Bishop’s body about 50 feet below the pack at an elevation of about 11,000 feet. The two rangers on the ground descended to Bishop and prepared his body for helicopter transport to Lupine Meadows. It was then taken to Valley Mortuary in Jackson.

Bishop was passionate about climbing and had been doing it for many years. He climbed extensively all over the world, in addition to Grand Teton.

[Submitted by Jackie Skaggs, Public Affairs Specialist]

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