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Climber from Japan dies after falling into crevasse in Alaska

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RIP.

I am happy that both of them went doing what they loved to do.

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As a climber I can say he most probably saved and looked forward to Alaska for years. He died doing what he dreamed of. I saved for 7 years to go climb in Austria and had many close calls, but loved every moment.

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Not sure saying it is good to die even doing what you like is good.

If I tell you I love playing Carmageddon or counter strike...

I like doing so many incredible things without endangering myself for no reason.

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I'm sure his dream was to do the climb and stay alive afterward.

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@Jonathan Prin I agree!!! I love living so I am going to die doing what I love. Just a twist of logic. Have a great day!

Not sure saying it is good to die even doing what you like is good.

If I tell you I love playing Carmageddon or counter strike...

I like doing so many incredible things without endangering myself for no reason.

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I am happy that both of them went doing what they loved to do.

Falling thousands of meters to a frozen grave of ice and snow? I doubt they loved doing that.

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I'm sure his dream was to do the climb and stay alive afterward.

Exactly. And maybe enjoy bragging rights.

But people have to say something as cliché as it might be. Still, a clichés don't enter the lexicon without some inherent element of truth. I remember saying to a friend who'd arranged a meal of fugu for us before my departure, "Well, if I die, at least I die in Japan. I'll die happy."

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Denali is an amazing place, even if you aren't a climber or hiker. There's plenty to do even if just watching the wildlife walk passed your cabin makes you happy. If you go, plan the trip around getting a cabin at Wonder Lake inside the park. All sorts of logistics are necessary and planning 9-12 months in advance is the only way to get those spots.

We didn't plan that far ahead and ended up staying outside the park and having to take the park bus in every day. Personal vehicles aren't allowed very far into the park.

Alaska has many amazing places. If you don't get bear safety training, be certain to learn from someone who knows it well. Last week an Army Sergeant was killed during a training exercise by a bear near Anchorage. There are bears almost everywhere in Alaska. I've been 10 ft away from a few different fully grown grisly bears walking passed my tent. Bears always have the right-of-way, even if you have a firearm.

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