One of two women who were killed in a climbing accident in Grand Teton National Park over the weekend was a native of North Carolina.
Tyler Strandberg, 27, died Saturday while climbing in the park, according to the National Park Service. She and 28-year-old Catherine Nix, both of Jackson, Wyo., fell 200 feet while on 12,300-foot Teewinot, the sixth-tallest peak in the Teton Range.
Rangers recovered their bodies on a ledge at an elevation of about 11,500 feet, according to the park service. A third climber who called 911 was not injured.
Strandberg is the granddaughter of former Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner, who is now chairman of the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement Monday expressing his sorrow.
“It is always sad when young lives so full of potential end far too early,” McCrory said. “What makes this even sadder is that Tyler’s mother and Gardner are both valuable members of my administration. Please join us in praying for the Gardner and Strandberg families in this difficult time.”
Gardner, a native of Rocky Mount, served as lieutenant governor from 1989 to 1993 during the second term of Republican Gov. James G. Martin. He ran unsuccessful campaigns for governor in 1968, 1972 and 1992.
In 2013, he served as master of ceremonies during McCrory’s inauguration.