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A climber falls and dies while descending McKinley

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A climber fell and died during his descent of Mount McKinley, the National Park Service said Friday, the first casualty this season on North America's tallest peak.

The victim's name was not released, but he was part of a four-man party from outside the United States.The fall occurred after two members of the party reached McKinley's 20,320-foot summit late Thursday and were trying to return to a camp at 17,000 feet where their companions were waiting, said Park Service spokesman John Quinley.