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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- A hiker died after a fall on the Flatirons on Thursday, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office said.

A witness called 911 to report someone fell off the First Flatiron about 1 p.m. The sheriff's office said multiple witnesses saw or heard the male climber fall.

Cold, snowy weather conditions were hampering first responders. They had to hike about one mile to reach the victim.

The sheriff's office did not have information about how far the hiker fell or what he was doing before falling. The name of the man was not been released.

This is the second hiker death on the Flatirons this year. A 17-year-old boy, Carter Christensen, fell to his death while free climbing near the First Flatiron in August.

It's the first two accidental deaths on the Flatirons since 2008, when 47-year-old Edward Thompson of Aurora died after a fall.

Anyone who witnessed Thursday's fall is asked to call the sheriff's office at 303-441-4444.

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