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Climber dies after falling into crevasse on Forbidden Peak

Forbidden Peak (UW photo)

SEDRO WOOLLEY, Wash. — A climber died after falling into a crevasse while descending Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades.

Susan Bennett, a 61-year old woman from Bellingham, Washington, was with a group of four who had climbed to the summit on Saturday. They were descending the West Ridge when she fell several hundred feet.

A National Park Service helicopter and crew located Bennett in a 30 foot (9.1 meters) deep crevasse with no signs of life. The rest of the climbing party descended and hiked out.

The rugged terrain and weather conditions caused a delay in removing Bennett’s body from the mountain.

North Cascades National Park officials say they’ll likely recover her body on Monday.