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This June 24, 2010 photo shows a view across land the state of Wyoming owns inside Grand Teton National Park. Wyoming is threatening to auction off the land if the federal government doesn't agree to trade land, minerals or mineral royalties for the property. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)

Mountain guide dies after falling into Grand Teton canyon



A 42-year-old mountain guide has died after falling into a canyon at Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park, according to CNN. 

The victim, Gary Falk of Ouray, Colorado, had been working for Exum Mountain Guides for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and two young sons, according to a statement. 

Falk was leading a group to the Grand Teton summit and fell from the top of the Owen Spalding Rappel on the way down. Park officials said Falk fell an estimated 2,400 feet. 

A helicopter dropped two Park Rangers, who hiked to the area where Falk fell. 

Park officials then used a "long line" to pull Falk's body out of the canyon. 

According to CNN, Exum Mountain Guide's president called Falk "a diligent guide, always the consummate professional." 

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