Man dies after fall while ascending Capitol Peak; recovery efforts postponed

PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — A climber died after a falling from the east side of knife edge ridge while ascending Capitol Peak on Sunday morning, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office and volunteers with Mountain Rescue Aspen responded after a hiker who witnessed the fall called 911 about 8:20 a.m.

A Flight for Life helicopter from Summit County sent rescue workers into the area and determined the climber did not survive.

Recovery of the body was postponed because of poor weather conditions and dangerous terrain, the sheriff’s office said.

The name, age and gender of the hiker were not released pending notification of next of kin.

It’s the second death on Capitol Peak, a 14er west of Aspen in less than a month.

On July 15, 25-year-old Jake Lord fell up to 328 feet near the northwest edge of the peak.