Teen dies while climbing 14er in southern Colorado | AspenTimes.com

Teen dies while climbing 14er in southern Colorado

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

ALAMOSA, Colo. – An 18-year-old hiker has died in a fall while climbing 14,000-foot mountain in southern Colorado.

A rescue crew was airlifted onto Little Bear Peak Tuesday but the Alamosa County sheriff says Kevin Hayne of Highlands Ranch had already died by the time they reached him.

Colorado National Guard spokesman Darin Overstreet says the CH-47 Chinook helicopter that ferried the crew in had to make an emergency landing after its rear tail rotor hit the ground.

The 11 people on board were brought back down the mountain on Black Hawks. The Chinook, from Buckley Air Force Base, will have to be airlifted.

A friend climbing with Hayne said he fell while climbing a rock face on the mountain, considered one of the most difficult 14ers to climb.

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