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

The Teton Range.H Ji / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm

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 Grand Teton National Park rangers issued Monday.

Park rangers arrived at the base of the Black Chimney climbing route of Teewinot Mountain Saturday to recover Onoe’s remains. A spokesperson for Grand Teton National Park told SFGATE that he likely died a day before a ranger found him.

The Bay Area News Group reports that Onoe worked as an information technology engineer, and was staying by himself at an Airbnb in Jackson, Wyo.

Based on a marked map Onoe was carrying, officials believe that he was planning a solo climb of Teewinot Mountain through the East Face route — an area that park rangers say is tough for “route finding.”

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 protection hardware and a wealth of hiking experience, reports the Bay Area News Group.

Park officials say the Japanese consulate has reached out to Onoe’s family in Japan for next-of-kin notice.

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