Bay Area IT engineer found dead in Wyoming mountains seemingly attempted solo climb

A Bay Area engineer was found dead in a Wyoming national park last weekend after seemingly attempting to scale a 12,326-foot mountain.

Hitoshi Onoe, 42, was a Japanese national living and working in San Jose, according to a statement from Rangers Grand Teton National Park to Monday.

Park Rangers arrived at the base of Black Chimney Climbing the road at Teewinot Mountain Saturday to recover Onoe’s stay. A spokesman for Grand Teton National Park told SFGATE that he is likely to die a day before a ranger finds him.

La Provide Group News Areas reported that Onoe worked as an information technology engineer, and lived alone at an Airbnb in Jackson, Wyo.

Based on a map marked Onoe carried, authorities believe he planned a solo climb to Mount Teewinot on the East Face Road – an area that park rangers say is difficult to “find roads.”

The East Face is a popular ski site, and is designated as a Class 4 hike. But Black Chimney, where Onoe was found, is a class 5 climb that requires hardware protection and a wealth of hiking experience, reports the Bay Area News Group.

Park officials say the Japanese consulate has contacted the Onoe family in Japan for notice of their next family.

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