Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. – Authorities plan to analyze the harness and rope used by a climber who died after falling about 2,000 feet from a cliff during a thunderstorm in Grand Teton National Park.
Searchers found the body of 21-year-old Brandon Oldenkamp, of Sanborn, Iowa on Thursday. His body has been taken to the Teton County coroner.
Oldenkamp was a student at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, where he would have been a senior this fall.
Laramie, Wyo. – A new study shows that nearly half of the healthy Whitebark pine trees in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have been killed by mountain pine beetles. The study is by the National Resources Defense Council and the U-S Forest Service. Whitebark pine live at high elevations, where pine beetles historically have not been found.