Oregon man, 24, dies in 1,000-foot fall from Alaska mountain

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska State Troopers say an Oregon man died while climbing Mount Yukla.

Dasan Marshall of Portland, Oregon, was climbing with a friend Sunday when he fell about 1,000 feet, troopers said.

Because of the terrain in the Chugach Mountains about 6 miles from the Eagle River Nature Center, a helicopter was used to recover Marshall’s body. The body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office.

No foul play was suspected.

People who knew Marshall, 24, described him as an experienced climber who loved the outdoors.

“It was in his blood,” Heidi Medema, 24, told the Oregonian. “It was something he had to do, something he loved to do. The mountains were where he was happiest. They were his life.”

Medema met Marshall in 2011 while he was climbing at the Portland Rock Gym, where she worked.

He graduated from Portland Waldorf School in 2009.

“He was very interested in taking a big bite out of life,” Tracy Trefethen, a teacher and Marshall’s academic adviser at the school, told the Oregonian. “He was full of adventure.”

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