Man dies in Capitol Peak fall
July 11, 2009
ASPEN – A Colorado Springs climber fell to his death on Capitol Peak Friday, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
The man, who’s name has not been released, was one of two Colorado Springs climbers attempting to summit Capitol Peak, a fourteener about 16 miles southwest of Aspen. The man who died reportedly fell several hundred feet on the northeast side of the mountain, at an elevation of about 13,000 feet.
Mountain Rescue Aspen and a Flight for Life helicopter were summoned when the sheriff’s office received the call, at about 2:45 p.m. Several Mountain Rescue members were transported with the Flight for Life crew to the closest possible landing zone. Two rescue ground teams also set out from below to reach the fallen climber.
The helicopter team and Flight for Life paramedic reached the climber within a half-hour and began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. The patient was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m.
Identification of the man is being withheld, pending notification of his family, authorities said.
Capitol Peak is technically the most difficult fourteener climb in the Elk Mountain range, according to Lou Dawson II’s Colorado Fourtneers climbing guide. The standard route takes climbers up the peak’s infamous Knife Ridge, a thin ridge of rock northeast of the summit.