2 climbers dead after falling 2,000 feet on Mount McKinley

Two climbers died in a several-thousand-foot fall on Mount McKinley Thursday, the National Park Service said.

They were identified as Dr. John Mislow, 39, of Newton, Mass., and Dr. Andrew Swanson, 36, of Minneapolis.

The climbing partners were roped together and fell 2,000 feet to their deaths on the Messner Couloir. Another team saw them fall from the 16,500-foot elevation to 14,500 feet, a statement from the Park Service said.

The doctors were considered experienced climbers. In 2000, the Park Service gave them an award for safety, self-sufficiency and assisting other mountaineers. They helped other teams in distress, the service said.

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