Monday, September 17, 2012

NEWS: Climber Dies on Maroon Peak

The Maroon Bells from the top of Pyramid Peak
Maroon Peak (left) and North Maroon (right) where a climber was killed on Saturday
A climber died Saturday after falling over 500 feet on Maroon peak in the Elk Range near Aspen, Colorado. The Maroon Bells are famous for their beauty and a popular attraction with tourists but are difficult and dangerous to climb due to their notoriously loose and rotten rock. Authorities received reports a little after 9 o'clock that that a man had fallen in the "gully" section of South Maroon. The man has not been identified by authorities but he is said to be in his mid-thirties.

The Maroon Bells have earned a reputation among mountain climbers as a particularly difficult and dangerous peak and have been dubbed "The Deadly Bells" in mountaineering circles. Saturday's victim was the second person to die on the Maroon Bells this summer. Lenny Joyner a 31 year old paramedic from New York City fell to his death in July while descending from North Maroon Peak after completing the Maroon Peak to North Maroon Peak traverse. The body of the deceased climber was removed by the afternoon. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim.

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