Home page Planetmountain.com
Marc-André Leclerc presumed deceased in Alaska together with Ryan Johnson after having climbed a new route up the Main Tower of the Mendenhall Towers
Photo by Marc-André Leclerc

Marc-André Leclerc and Ryan Johnson officially presumed dead in Alaska

di

The two highly talented alpinists Marc-André Leclerc and Ryan Johnson are officially missing and presumed deceased in Alaska. They have not been heard from since their 5 March ascent of the Mendenhall Towers.

An expedition to Alaska has ended in the worst possible way for 25-year-old Canadian Marc-André Leclerc and 34-year-old Ryan Johnson, two highly experienced alpinists reported missing last week in the Mendenhall Towers mountains close to the state capital Juneau. On the 5th of March the two climbers had established a new route on the north face of the Main Tower of the Mendenhall Towers, from where Leclerc even posted a photo on Instagram, but they had not been heard of since then.

Rescue efforts immediately began when they failed to return as agreed last Wednesday, and even though the following day their gear stash with equipment not used for the actual ascent was located, all further rescue efforts were hindered by bad weather. On 13 March another air search revealed two ropes in a crevasse that matched those of Leclerc and Johnson, close to the fourth tower. Yesterday the recovery efforts ceased due to the high risk of avalanches. The news was broken by both Leclerc's father and the Alaska State Troopers who coordinated the rescue attempt.

Needless to say, both Leclerc and Johnson were two expert mountaineers. While Johnson had established a series of difficult new routes especially around Juneau, such as the first ascent of the north face of the West Mendenhall Tower in 2007, Leclerc was recognised as one of the greatest alpinists of his generation. His ascents stand out not only in Canada, but also in Patagonia where after making a traverse of Cerro Torre, Torre Egger, Punta Herron and Cerro Standard in 2015 with Colin Haley, a few months later he made a daring solo ascent of Aguja Standhardt via the routes Tomahawk and Excocet. In 2016 he took things one stage further and made the first winter solo of Torre Egger. In recent times he had spent time climbing some impressive lines in the Slesse Cirque, both with Tom Livingstone and with his partner Brette Harrington.

The death of Marc-André Leclerc and Ryan Johnson has deeply shaken the climbing community, and two crowdfunding appeals were immediately established on GoFundMe to help the respective families with the costs of the rescue operation and also to provide financial support for Johnson’s young son.

- Gofundme Ryan Johnson
- Gofundme Marc-André Leclerc

Share

NEWS / Related news:
Marc-André Leclerc claims first solo winter ascent of Torre Egger in Patagonia
19.09.2016
Marc-André Leclerc claims first solo winter ascent of Torre Egger in Patagonia
In Patagonia Canadian alpinist Marc-André Leclerc has made the first solo winter ascent of Torre Egger (2685m).
Marc-André Leclerc free solo of the Tomahawk - Excocet routes in Patagonia
05.10.2015
Marc-André Leclerc free solo of the Tomahawk - Excocet routes in Patagonia
Canadian alpinist Marc-Andre Leclerc has carried out a fast solo ascent of the routes Tomahawk and Excocet on Aguja Standhardt in Patagonia.
Colin Haley and Marc-Andre Leclerc climb Travesia del Oso Buda in Patagonia
25.01.2015
Colin Haley and Marc-Andre Leclerc climb Travesia del Oso Buda in Patagonia
From 18 - 21 January 2015 Colin Haley and Marc-André Leclerc climbed Cerro Torre, Torre Egger, Punta Herron and Cerro Standhardt, This new traverse from south to north has been called Travesia del Oso Buda, in memory of Bjørn-Eivind Årtun and Chad Kellogg.
The Plum, difficult new trad mixed route in Canada by Jon Walsh and Marc-Andre Leclerc
12.11.2014
The Plum, difficult new trad mixed route in Canada by Jon Walsh and Marc-Andre Leclerc
On 08/11/2014 the Canadian climbers Marc-Andre Leclerc and Jon Walsh made the first ascent of The Plum (WI6 M7, 120m) at the Storm Creek Headwall, Kootenay National Park B.C.

SEARCH news

ZONE

CATEGORY

Full text search

AUTHOR

EXPO / Products
EXPO / Company News
Planetmountain.com logo
Planetmountain.com is updated daily: news, rock climbing, walks, trekking, alpinism, freeride skiing, ski mountaineering, snowboarding and ice climbing on the mountains worldwide. Furthermore, climbing techniques explained, gear & book reviews, expert advice, mountain photography, interviews and competition reports.
NEWSLETTER

Subscriber to receive the weekly newsletter with all the latest news from planetmountain.com

Recent Comments Ice
  • Distensione
    Via sportiva molto bella, dalla linea logica, in ambiente su ...
    2017-09-14 / Michele Lucchini
  • All-in
    Francesco Salvaterra e Filippo Mosca 27 gennaio 2017, probab ...
    2017-02-02 / Francesco Salvaterra
  • Una via per te fatta in tre
    Prima ripetizione effettuata il 3/11. Da rettificare la diff ...
    2015-11-13 / maurizio piller%20hoffer
  • Via Hruschka
    Salita il 18 marzo 2015 con Alice, Federico e Stefano. Via v ...
    2015-03-20 / Giovanni Zaccaria