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Kloke Recovery

Posted on 29th September 2010 at 08:16

Authorities in Whatcom County say that they believe that the body of Dallas Kloke, 71, of Anacortes has been found, but they are still working on the plan for recovery of the renowned mountain climber. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office says that a helicopter crew took some photos on Monday, and a review of those photos shows what appears to be Kloke’s body about 6,400 feet in elevation. He had been part of a five-member team that had been climbing the Pleiades Peaks on Saturday. At the top of the 7,300-foot mountain, Kloke grabbed a rock that then sheared off, and both he and the rock went down a sheer face of at least 300 feet in height. It took several hours for team members to climb down to the bottom of the face, where they found some of Kloke’s gear, but didn’t find him. As of yet, ground teams have been unable to get into the site spotted on the photo, and they’re still working to formulate a plan to retrieve the body. Kloke is the father of Mark Morris High School teacher and assistant basketball coach Steve Kloke.