CODY, Wyo. -- Authorities are investigating after a 25-year-old man fell to his death while rock climbing in a rugged area of northwest Wyoming.
Lance Mathess with the Park County Sheriff's Office says Kevin Alexander Volkening of Salt Lake City was climbing with a group of friends in the Crandall area Friday evening when he fell about 50 feet onto a rock surface.
Emergency dispatchers received a call at about 6 p.m. Friday, and rescue crews arrived to find Volkening unresponsive about an hour later. He was pronounced dead shortly after that, and his body was removed from the area early Saturday morning.
Mathess says friends and family described Volkening as a "veteran climber" with nearly 10 years of climbing experience.