Thursday, July 4, 2013

NEWS: Randy Udall Found Dead in Wyoming (7/4/13)

Wind River Range Wyoming, Titcomb Basin
The Titcomb Basin in the Wind River Range
near where Randy Udall was found dead
U.S. Senator Mark Udall's brother Randy, who has been missing in the Wind River Range of Wyoming, has been found dead. Randy Udall had been missing since 6/26 when he failed to return from a solo, week-long backpack trip as he had planned.

According to reports, Udall was found near 10,700 feet with "his hiking poles still in his hands." Early indications suggest that it was a medical condition of some sort that caused his death. An autopsy is planned to confirm the exact cause of death.

Randy Udall is an experience backpacker who had logged many trips into the Wind River Range. According to his family it was one of his favorite places to hike.

This tragedy marks a difficult week for Colorado mountaineers which included the deaths of Gary Miller, from Colorado Springs, who died on Grand Teton, and Steve Gladbach, of Pueblo, who passed away on "Thunder Pyramid" in the Elk Range. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of all those affected by these recent tragedies.

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