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Rock climber dies in Clarks Fork Canyon fall

A 25-year-old rock climber from Utah fell to his death in the Clarks Fork Canyon on Friday evening.

It was around 6 p.m. Friday when the Park County Sheriff's Office received a report that Kevin Alexander Volkening had fallen. A news release from sheriff's office spokesman Lance Mathess said the Salt Lake City area resident had ben been climbing with friends northeast of Wyo. Highway 296 in the Crandall/Sunlight Basin area and about a mile north of Antelope Butte.

Personnel from West Park Hospital's ambulance found Volkening dead around 7:15 p.m., Mathess said. With the extreme terrain, he said it took members of Park County's Search and Rescue organization and an Eagle Med helicopter until 2:30 a.m. Saturday to retrieve Volkening's body.

Mathess said early Sunday that the incident remained under investigation. He said Volkening's friends and family described him as a “veteran climber” with nearly ten years of climbing experience.


  • posted by Kathleen Coyle

    September 14, 2013 11:35 am

    Thank you Park County Search and Rescue, Eagle Med Helicopter, and all who were part of the recovery of our son in law. God bless you all. Frank and Kathi Coyle

  • posted by Jean Cruickshank

    September 04, 2013 6:33 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Kevin's Family. May you find comfort in all the good times in his life that you shared. My son is also a veteran climber,and climbed with Kevin in 2008 in Yosemite. He described him as a great guy,in the short time they climbed together. Find strength in your family and friends.

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