Dead Grand Teton climber identified

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Grand Teton National Park sits just north of the Wyoming community of Jackson.

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Grand Teton National Park officials have identified a deceased climber found on Saturday as 42-year-old Hitoshi Onoe, a Japanese national who worked in San Jose, California.

Park rangers responded Sept. 4 to a report from a climber ascending Teewinot Mountain of a deceased male at the base of the Black Chimney climbing route. 

Rangers arrived on scene and recovered Onoe’s remains. The National Park Service is conducting an investigation into the accident.

Onoe appears to have been climbing alone with the intent of climbing the East Face route based on the marked map found with him. Route finding is difficult in the area.

The Japanese consulate has provided communication with Onoe’s family in Japan and next-of-kin notifications have been made. 

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