Capitol Peak deaths since 2000:
9 fatalities in 17 years, 5 in 2017

The "Knife Edge" of the northeast ridge on Capitol Peak.
Kevin Berrigan / Courtesy photo

According to research from the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative and reports from The Aspen Times, nine climbers have died on Capitol Peak since 2000. The latest death was Aug. 26 and the body of a 21-year-old man was recovered from the mountain the next day.


Name, age, town unavailable: On May 8, a climber was caught in a rockslide on the west face of the mountain from the false summit K2. His partner reported the man fell 300 feet in the slide.


Jimi Flowers, 47, Colorado Springs: Authorities believe he fell at about 13,000 feet on the east side of the ridge between K2 and the Daly saddle while descending during a July 11 climb with another man.


Ryan Palmer, 35, Vail: He fell 200 to 300 feet on the north face of Capitol Peak on July 21 and his body was located two days later. He got separated from two hiking partners.


Jim Nelson, 53, Salt Lake City: His family reported him overdue Aug. 5 and he was climbing alone. His body was found a day later in Mount Daly Basin above Moon Lake at about 11,000 feet.


Jake Lord, 25, Parker: He was climbing July 15 with another man and fell nearly 300 feet when a boulder came loose on the ridge between Capitol and Mount Daly.

Jeremy Shull, 35, Parker: He died Aug. 6 after falling just before reaching the Knife Edge near the summit. He was with a group.

Carlin ‘Carly’ Brightwell, 27, and Ryan Marcil, 26, Aspen: The local couple were found on Aug. 22 at the base of the north face of Capitol Peak after climbing the mountain on Aug. 20. They recently had started dated.

Zackaria White, 21, Pine: Pitkin County authorities said he argued with his climbing partner about the descent after reaching the summit on Aug. 26. He tried to take a shortcut and likely fell 600 feet.

Editor’s note: This story was updated on Aug. 22 with the deaths Aug. 20 of two people from Aspen, and Aug. 27 with the death of a 21-year-old man.


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