Czech mountaineer dies skiing on Denali

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  • Pavel Michut dies after falling about 1,500 feet, officials say
  • The mountaineer was skiing Denali's Messner Couloir, a steep gully

(CNN)A Czech mountaineer died after falling about 1,500 feet while skiing down Denali, officials said Sunday.

Pavel Michut, 45, fell while doing a ski descent of Denali's Messner Couloir, a steep gully that connects the basin with the upper mountain of the famed Alaska peak, the National Park Service said.
Multiple witnesses saw the mountaineer fall, officials said. A nearby climbing team arrived at the scene and determined Michut had died from multiple traumatic injuries, according to the park service.
    His remains will be flown to the mountain's 14,200-foot camp once weather conditions allow and then transferred to the state medical examiner, the park service said.
    Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America, is a popular climbing destination for many mountaineers. Its summit is 20,237 feet.
    Michut fell from an elevation of 17,000 feet on the route, the park service said.