OURAY COUNTY, Colo. — An avalanche caused by falling ice killed 44-year-old Van Le Little of Seattle on Saturday.
The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. on the Dungeon Ice Climbing Route, which is located across the Uncompahgre River of Highway 550, mile marker 89.
According to the Ouray County Deputy Coroner, Little was on a guided climb with three other climbers and was taking pictures of the other climbers when a large chunk of ice broke off and hit the ledge above her and the other climbers.
The woman was not tethered at the time, according to a report from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
A slide of snow and ice came down on the climbers, which took Little to the creek below, where she was fully buried.
A formal cause of death has not been released.
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