Man killed in 150-foot fall on Longs Peak

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Longs Peak. August 15, 2013. Photo: National Park Service

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — Park rangers say a man fell 150 feet to his death Thursday while climbing Longs Peak.

They received a 911 call just after 8:00 a.m. reporting that the 24-year-old fell from The Narrows on the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak.

An off-duty park volunteer and his climbing party reached the victim, who survived the fall, but later died from his injuries.

Officials say he was from Springfield, Missouri.

Crews attempted to use a helicopter to recover the man’s body Thursday afternoon, but high winds stopped the operation. They will try again Friday morning.

A statement from officials says there was ice on several locations along the Keyhole Route.

Longs Peak is the only “14er” in Rocky Mountain National Park. It rises to 14,259 feet above sea level.