Mountain guide Gary Falk fell to his death while leading group in Grand Teton National Park

Posted at 6:35 AM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 14:11:12-04

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. -- A guide who was leading tourists down Grand Teton mountain has died.

The Exum Mountain Guide company says Gary Falk, 42, a native of Ouray, Colo., was leading a group down from a successful ascent of Grand Teton National Park's highest peak when he fell at 10:30 a.m. Saturday about 2,400 feet from the top of the Owen-Spalding rappel into Valhalla Canyon near the Black Ice Couloir, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reports.

Falk's body was recovered via helicopter, the newspaper reports.

Another Exum guide helped the group down the mountain.

Falk has been working for Exum for 12 years. He has a wife and two young sons.

All Exum operations were cancelled for Sunday in honor of Falk, the News & Guide reports.