Climber missing near Wyoming’s highest mountain

August 16, 2021 GMT

PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — Searchers were looking for a climber in the area of Wyoming’s highest mountain.

Thor Hallingbye, 41, of Cheyenne, was reported missing Sunday morning after apparently getting separated from his group near Gannett Peak on Saturday, Sublette County Sheriff’s Sgt. Travis Bingham said Monday.

A helicopter crew with Tip Top Search and Rescue was looking for Hallingbye. Rescuers also planned a ground search, Bingham said.

A missing-person poster said Hallingbye was last seen wearing a red backpack. The poster described him as 5 feet, 7 inches (1.7 meters) tall and 125 pounds (57 kilograms), with blue eyes and brown hair.

Gannett Peak is a 13,810-foot (4,210-meter) summit in western Wyoming’s Wind River Range. Climbing the glacier-flanked mountain requires a multi-day hike and crossing sometimes treacherous snowpack.

Hallingbye is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.