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Woman Dies on Mount McKinley

May 19, 1988

DENALI MEDICAL CAMP, Alaska (AP) _ A woman whose guided party was pushing for Mount McKinley’s summit has become the first fatality of the 1988 climbing season on North America’s tallest peak, the National Park Service said.

The agency said it learned early Wednesday that Lynn Salerno, 31, of Anchorage, had died of apparent hypothermia and exposure at the mountain’s 19,500-foot level. Rangers did not know the circumstances or time of death.

Salerno was in a party led by Vern Tejas, 35, an Alaskan whose solo winter ascent of 20,320-foot McKinley this year made mountaineering history.

The party is believed to have begun its climb on or about May 1.

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