Climber Rescued from Granite Peak, Hospitalized

A Gallatin County rescue team located the man, who was flown by helicopter to a Billings hospital

By Dillon Tabish

BILLINGS — A 19-year-old South Dakota man has been hospitalized in Billings after a 20- to 30-foot fall on Montana’s highest peak.

The Park County sheriff’s office says the man had been climbing Granite Peak with his father Monday when he fell near the summit of the 12,800-foot peak just north of Cooke City.

A Gallatin County rescue team located the man, who was flown by helicopter to a Billings hospital.

On Tuesday, Park County Undersheriff Clay Herbst told The Billings Gazette the injured man is Thomas Craig Pfeifle of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Co-owner of Rocky Mountain Rotors, Mark Taylor, says his company was involved in the rescue and that the man suffered a serious head injury.

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