Various sources report Richard Ferrari fell nearly 1000 feet while soloing Mount Whitney’s northwest face via the Mountaineer’s Route in extremely hazardous conditions. It took authorities two days to recover his body. The articles note the Mountaineer’s Route was first scaled by naturalist John Muir in 1873.
The NPS Morning Report has this:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (CA)
Climbing Fatality on Mount Whitney
The body of Richard J. Ferrari, 37, of Los Angeles, was recovered by park rangers on Wednesday, March 16th. Ferrari fell to his death while solo climbing Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park last Sunday. His body was recovered along with his mountaineering gear and other personal property. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s been determined that he fell approximately 1,000 feet from a point near the Notch on the MountaineerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Route on the north face of the mountain. The elevation at this location is about 14,000 feet above sea level. On Tuesday, the park was notified that Ferrari was overdue from his climb. An Inyo County deputy was flown to the area that afternoon in a California Highway Patrol helicopter and found his body. Since the incident was within the park, a team of rangers flew to the vicinity of the site on Wednesday morning to investigate and recover his body. The fall appears to have been accidental. According to other climbers who reached the summit on Sunday, the mountain was enveloped in clouds and falling snow, with extremely high winds and poor visibility. [Submitted by Alexandra Picavet, Public Information Officer, and Bob Wilson, Law Enforcement Specialist]