Climber dies after fall at Goat Wall Tuesday

MAZAMA — In experienced climber died after a fall while climbing on Goat Wall on Tuesday.

Authorities say Ryan Kautz, 26, of Seattle died after falling more than 100 feet.

A news release from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office said Kautz was rappelling with two other climbers when a knot holding their two ropes came undone, dropping Kautz to the ground below. Over an hour later, other climbers arrived and provided ropes for the climbers with Kautz to come down and call authorities.

Sheriff’s deputies and a U.S. Navy search and rescue crew from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station located Kautz.


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