Climber dies after rock fall on Snowmass Mountain
July 24, 2011
ASPEN – A 25-year-old Denver man died Sunday after he was injured in a rock fall on Snowmass Mountain, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
Mountain Rescue Aspen members were airlifted by a Flight for Life helicopter onto the southwest aspect of the mountain to aid Sean A. Wylam after authorities were notified shortly before 10 a.m. that a rock fall had injured a climber. Rescuer members were airlifted starting at 11 a.m. and made contact with Wylam at 1 p.m., the sheriff’s office said.
Wylam was climbing alone and reportedly an experienced climber, according to Deputy Sara Roush, with the sheriff’s office.
Other climbers on the mountain apparently heard the rockslide, Roush said, but she wasn’t sure if others actually saw Wylam fall.
“I believe he did fall,” she said.
Rescue and medical personnel worked to stabilize Wylam at the scene; the climber was en route to Aspen Valley Hospital on Flight for Life at 3:40 p.m.
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Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation was initiated while Wylam was being flown to the hospital and continued after his arrival for about 30 minutes before he was pronounced dead at AVH, according to the sheriff’s office.
Roush said she didn’t know if Wylam was wearing helmet or the nature of his injuries.
Wylam recently moved to Denver, the sheriff’s office said.
Snowmass Mountain, not to be confused with Snowmass Ski Area, is a fourteener located about 10 miles southwest of Aspen.