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Rescuers find body of man missing after avalanche

Ypsilon Mountain, Rocky Mountain national Park

Ypsilon Mountain, Rocky Mountain national Park. Photo: National Park Service

DENVER — A Search and Rescue team found the body of a 43-year-old man who was caught in an avalanche in Rocky Mountain National Park, officials said Tuesday afternoon.

David Laurienti’s body was found in the Upper Fay Lakes drainage on the north slope of Ypsilon Mountain, said RMNP spokesman Kyle Patterson.

The team was unable to move the body out but instead have protected it and moved it to a more secure location. “Tomorrow, park rangers will evaluate alternatives for the safe recovery of his body.  This will be dictated largely by weather, wind and avalanche conditions,” Patterson said.

Laurienti, from Estes Park, was caught up in an avalanche Sunday along with his climbing partner Lisa Foster. They had been climbing Blitzen Ridge on Ypsilon a “challenging mountaineering route that includes sections of technical rock, often made more difficult in winter conditions,” Patterson said.

Foster is a well-known mountain climber and author of the book “Rocky Mountain National Park – The Complete Hiking Guide.”

A search began Monday morning after the two climbers had been reported overdue. Rescuers found Foster at 2:45 p.m. in the upper Fay Lakes basin.

Ypsilon (pronounced ipp-salon) Mountain is located north of Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park