Conifer man dies after falling near Maroon Bells

PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — A 68-year-old man from Conifer died Wednesday after falling while climbing near the Maroon Bells, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said.

Steve Sprowles died while climbing with Wesley Trimble, 30, of Palmer Lake, the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office responded to an SOS sent from a personal locator device about 7:45 p.m., the sheriff’s office said. Trimble told responding deputies that Sprowles had fallen and was dead.

Trimble and Sprowles met two other climbers, Maximilain Martin and Moss McLaughlin of Boulder, earlier in the climb. They encountered Trimble after the accident and helped Trimble descent the mountain.

The sheriff’s office and Mountain Rescue Aspen plan to recover Sprowles’ body on Thursday.