Climber killed during descent from Aspen peak identified

ASPEN, Colo. — Colorado authorities have released the identity of a man who fell to his death while descending from a mountain peak near Aspen.

Pitkin County Coroner Steve Ayers said 61-year-old James Hasse died of blunt force trauma to the head during Wednesday’s accident.

The Aspen Daily News reports the Summit County man had been coming down from a difficult climb with two other men up South Maroon Peak in the Elk Mountains. The terrain in that area is steep and there is still a considerable amount of snow.

Hasse fell about fell about 200 feet. His body was recovered Thursday.

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