Sunday, July 21, 2013

NEWS: Climber Dies on Capitol Peak (7/21/13)

The north face of Capitol Peak, sight of
a fatal accident on Saturday
A climber, identified as Ryan Joseph Palmer, 35, from Vail, Colorado, has died on Capitol Peak Friday after attempting to downclimb the north face of the mountain. According to reports, Palmer decided to downclimb the very steep and treacherous north face because he didn't want to return over the exposed ridge known as the Knife Edge. It is unclear if Palmer thought the north face would be an easier alternative to the Knife Edge (it is not), as his companions claim they did not discuss the decision with him. Search and Rescue was able to remove the victim's body on Saturday afternoon despite the rugged terrain and difficult location of the accident.

June and July have been difficult months in the Colorado mountains. Several tragic accidents have occurred, including the deaths of Steve Gladbach on Thunder Pyramid June 23rd, and Howard Scotland III on Jagged Mountain July 11th. Also killed in June and July were Colorado mountaineers Gary Miller, on Grand Teton, and Randy Udall, who was in the Wind River Range.

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