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Denali rangers ship paraglider to nuthouse

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Denali rangers order paraglider off mountain, into hospital

 

The Associated Press

 

A 25-year-old climber from Pennsylvania who reportedly planned to paraglide off the summit of Alaska's Mount McKinley has been flown off the mountain and taken to a Fairbanks hospital.

 

Denali National Park spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin says the unidentified man was strapped to a backboard Wednesday and plucked from the 14,200-foot level of the 20,320-foot peak by an Army Chinook helicopter.

 

The park's medical director prepared a 72-hour protective custody order after Park Service volunteer medical professionals evaluated the man's behavior, described as "increasingly unusual and erratic."

 

The spokeswoman says rangers confronted the man when they learned of his plan to paraglide, a prohibited activity in the park. He reportedly agreed not to bring that equipment. But when he reached the 14,200-foot camp, "cold, wet and in distress," rangers found paragliding equipment in his sled. Other climbers reported the man lacked proper gear and was not climbing safely.

 

His hometown was not immediately available.

 

Read more: http://www.adn.com/2010/07/09/1360040/denali-rangers-airlift-paraglider.html#ixzz0tDDcPnMM

 

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What's up the crazies on Denali this year? :crosseye:

 

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