Tuesday, August 8, 2017

NEWS: Missing Woman Found Dead on North Maroon Peak (8/8/2017)

Rei Hwa Lee was found dead on North Maroon Peak in August 2017
The Maroon Bells. The North Face of North Maroon
is prominently visible right of center, to the right of the tree
A hiker who had been missing since Sunday was found dead on the North Face of North Maroon Peak today. It has been reported that Rei Hwa Lee, 57, of Littleton was found by Mountain Rescue Aspen this morning shortly after 11 am according to a story posted by the Aspen Times. This news comes only two days after another death on nearby Capitol Peak.

Though the exact line taken by Lee is difficult to determine from reports, the North Face of North Maroon is a non-standard route known for its precarious rock and steep exposure. Lee was hiking alone at the time.

As Colorado Mountaineering reported in January, the Maroon Bells have proven to be some of the most dangerous 14ers in the state. Combined with Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle and Longs Peak, these five mountains have accounted for half of the fatal accidents on all 14ers this decade. This latest tragedy marks the fourth death on an Elk Range 14er this year and the sixth death on a 14er this year across the state.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

NEWS: Another Climber Dies on Capitol Peak (8/6/2017) *UPDATED*

The Knife Edge on Capitol Peak, site of a fatal accident this morning
A climber died this morning from an apparent fall from the infamous Knife Edge on Capitol Peak. According to a report on 9news.com, the hiker fell from the notoriously exposed crux of the mountain that is oft-touted as Colorado's hardest 14er. Friends who were with the victim said he fell to east side of the skinny ridgeline.

A recovery team was inserted on the scene by helicopter but determined the injuries were too severe to warrant a rescue. The inaccessible terrain and unfavorable weather conditions made recovery too dangerous. The recovery operation was hoped to resume on Wednesday.

As of yet the victim has only been identified as a "male." This is the second fatal accident on the infamous Elk Range 14er. Twenty-five-year-old Jake Lord was killed in mid-July when a boulder he was clinging to broke free, causing him to fall several hundred feet.

Though accidents on the Knife Edge are rare, this particular section has been the site of several fatal accidents in the past. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim.

*UPDATE (8/11)* After what rescuers described as "one of the most difficult recoveries in decades" volunteers from Mountain Rescue Aspen were able to retrieve the body of the man who fell from Capitol Peak. While early reports indicated he had fallen from the infamous feature known as the Knife Edge, it is now being said that the victim had not yet reached that portion of the route but was "in-between K2 and the Knife Edge."

The deceased has been identified as Jeremy Shull, a 35-year-old from Parker, Colorado. Shull was married with a 2-month-old baby.

A detailed account of the rescue operation was reported in Aspen Times

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

VIDEO: Speed Climbing the Naked Edge

The Naked Edge is one of Colorado's most classic multipitch traditional routes. Located in Eldorado, this 6 pitch, 5.11b megaclassic was first climbed via aid in 1962 by Layton Kor and Bob Culp and later freed for the first time in 1971. The incredible, still stout testpiece remains of the most sought-after climbing ascents in the state.

This video shows Scott Bennett and Brad Gobright training to reclaim the speed ascent record of this line, which they had once held at 29:53.











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