Climber falls 200 feet to death in Pitkin County

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PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — A climber in the Capitol Peak area fell about 200 feet to his death Monday, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said.

A climber called authorities about 5:45 p.m. to report the man had fallen and that a third climber was stranded on a cliff band above the fallen climber near Christiana Peak at about 12,700 feet.

Rescue crews reached Capitol Lake about 7:50 p.m. to find the fallen climber was dead. Crews then performed a nighttime rescue of the stranded climber and assisted him by foot to Capitol Lake.

Crews spent the night at Capitol Lake and resumed a recovery effort of the fallen climber’s body on Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 41-year-old Travis Boyle of Union, Ky.

 

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