JACKSON (WNE) — A 24-year-old climber and former Jackson resident died Sunday after falling on Gannett Peak in the Wind River Range.
Rescuers recovered Jason Graves’ body at 9 a.m. Monday on a glacier several hundred feet below the 13,810-foot mountain, which is the highest peak in Wyoming.
“A specialized crew from Grand Teton National Park, the Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers, flew into the area and were able to recover his body from the glacier at about 12,800 feet elevation without further incident,” said a press release from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.
Graves had recently moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, to be with his girlfriend after leaving a job at the Teton Science Schools. His family has started a GoFundMe with proceeds to be used to establish a scholarship at Teton Science Schools and to help his girlfriend in her next steps in life. The fund had surpassed $19,000 as of press time Friday.
An obituary for Graves said that he fell while descending from the summit.
“Jason was a cautious, experienced, and accomplished mountain climber, having summited 30+ 14K foot mountains in Colorado, all of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, and Mt. Hood in Oregon,” his obituary stated.