By Jim Stanford on April 24, 2011
After a six-day search, Grand Teton National Park rangers finally located the bodies of two skiers missing in Garnet Canyon.
Rangers detected transceiver signals late yesterday evening and returned to the site today to dig out the bodies, which were buried beneath 13 feet of avalanche debris. The two men — Walker Kuhl of Salt Lake City and Greg Seftick of Columbia Falls, Mont. — were buried in their tent near a large boulder in the avalanche path, according to a park release.
Rangers first picked up one beacon at about 7 p.m. yesterday, then detected another. They dug through five feet of snow before having to leave the canyon because of impending darkness. A team of six rangers returned today and dug for two hours to retrieve the bodies.
For more on the operation, visit the Teton park news blog.