West Glacier, MT Mountain Climbing Accident, July 1950



West Glacier, July 13 -- Twelve park rangers and assistants worked their way over some of the roughest terrain in Glacier National park this morning to locate the body of a youthful mountain climber who had fallen to his death.
The rescue team reported by radio they had located the body on rocks shortly before noon today.
The victim was ROBERT STOKES, 18, of Tulsa, Okla., who was one of a party of four who had attempted to scale towering Mr. Wilbur in the central part of the park.
His companions, Dick Hughes, Chester Cadieux and John Fields, all of Tulsa, reported the accident late yesterday. They said they were near the top of the peak when STOKES slipped on ice and lost his footing.
He plunged about 200 feet down the mountainside and it was impossible for the others to reach the spot where he fell. They started back to their campsite at Many Glacier and reported the fall to park rangers.
The rescue team left at 3:30 this morning, but it wasn't until shortly before noon when they located the body. They said the youth had apparently died at once from the fall.
Because of the hazardous rocks and peaks it was impossible to carry the victim out, so they tied two ropes to the body and lowered in to a point where the snow line ends. The fall occurred at about 9,500 feet altitude where snow is heavy, rangers reported.
The trip back was expected to take the balance of the afternoon. A portable radio which was carried by one of the rangers reported the movement of the group.
The father of the victim was scheduled to arrive in Cut Bank tonight by plane from Tulsa.

Daily Inter Lake Kalispell Montana 1950-07-13