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.