Endurance athlete, 61, who has climbed the world’s highest peaks, is found dead near the summit of Mount Clark in Yosemite National Park after going missing on a weekend hike
- Fred Zalokar was found dead on July 20, two days after he failed to return to Yosemite Valley as planned
- Officials said the world-famous endurance runner was last seen hiking off-trail from Yosemite’s Happy Isles to Mount Clark
- Zalokar’s body was found by rangers near the top of the mountain
- The record-setting athlete had climbed the highest peaks of 85 countries and won all six world marathon races within his age group
- According to his blog, Zakolar hoped to set an American record this week at this year’s USA Track & Field Masters Outdoor Championships.
- Authorities have not disclosed his cause of death
An accomplished endurance athlete who has climbed 185 of the world’s highest peaks was found dead in Yosemite National Mark after failing to return from a weekend hike.
Fred Zalokar of Reno, Nevada, 61, was found dead near the top of Mount Clark on Tuesday, July 20, according to park rangers. It is not clear how he died.
Zalokar, who has previously celebrated wins in all six major marathons, was last seen hiking from Happy Isles to Mount Clark on an off-trail route on July 17. He was reported missing on July 18 when he failed to return to Yosemite Valley as planned, and rangers launched searches.
“For something like this to happen in Yosemite Valley, an area he knows well, something must have gone really wrong so he didn’t get back early or on time. That mountain is nothing compared to many of the others he’s climbed,” Zalokar’s longtime friend and climbing partner Todd Huston said. KSEE Sunday.
Zalokar was reported missing when he failed to return to Yosemite Valley as planned after a day of hiking in Yosemite National Park on July 17. His body was found on July 20 near the top of Mount Clark, rangers said.
Zalokar’s old friend, Todd Huston, said the relatively short trek to Mount Clark should have been easy for the experienced climber: “For something like this to happen in Yosemite Valley, an area he knows well, something must have gone wrong for him.” him not to be back early or on time. That mountain is nothing compared to many of the others he has climbed.’
Citing an ongoing investigation, National Park Service officials have not released Zalokar’s cause of death.
Last February, Zalokar broke the record for fastest ascent of Mount Aural, the highest point in Cambodia, by climbing the 1,813-meter mountain in just three hours and 27 minutes.
The trailblazing mountaineer had reached the highest peak in the world, Kilamanjaro, and the highest peaks in 85 countries. According to Runner’s World, he may have been the first person to win his age group at the World Marathon races in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City.
Last February, Zalokar broke the record for the fastest ascent of Mount Aural, Cambodia’s highest point, by climbing the 1,813-meter mountain in just three hours and 27 minutes. His latest goal was to set a U.S. record at the USA Track & Field Masters Outdoor Championships, taking place July 22 in Ames, Iowa.
“I hope I can help people build trust, set goals and reject the idea that they should slow down” [and] stop doing things they enjoy just because they get older,” reads the “about” section of Zalokar’s extended adventure blog. ‘I want to inspire people to dream big, and then get out there and make it happen!’