In this Feb. 15, 2016 photo, snow-covered mountains are seen behind the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
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A helicopter rescued an experienced Japanese climber from an Alaska mountain where spring storms had created significant avalanche risks.Masatoshi Kuriaki, a 42-year-old climber from Fukuoka, Japan, was rescued Sunday at the 8,600-foot level of 14,573-foot Mount Hunter, Denali National Park said in a news release.Kuriaki was on day 75 of a solo expedition that had been planned for 65 days, according to the release.Reports indicated that at least 30 inches (75 centimeters) of snow fell at mid-elevations of the Alaska Range through Thursday, and more than a foot (30 centimeters) more through the weekend.Kuriaki also made the first solo winter ascent of 17,400-foot Mount Foraker in 2007 .
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