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Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby MonGoose » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:31 pm

I'm very saddened to hear of another tragedy this season. Although the initial report of downclimbing the North Face is confusing, there is probably much more to the story that didn't make it into this first press release. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding this event, I wish to offer my condolences to the fellow climbers, friends and family members of this climber.

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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby Michael J » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:44 pm

So sorry to hear of such a tragedy. My condolences to the friends and family. May he rest in peace.

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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby MicSchlachty » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:50 pm

Super Sad! My condolences, this has been such a tragic season...

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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby jdorje » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:55 pm

May the fallen climber rest in peace. Very sad.

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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby clemsonmtneer » Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:09 am

Damn, very sorry to hear this. Been a rough few weeks around here. My condolences to the victim's family and friends.

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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby mattpayne11 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:20 am

Wow. Tragic choice indeed. I wonder if there was some good reasons (weather, etc)? Anyways, RIP, this is sad. I made a stupid decision on Snowmass a couple years ago to come back a different way and I found myself in a very effed up spot that could have easily left me for dead. This can happen to anyone.

This year has been really bad :\

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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby rking007 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:17 am

MonGoose wrote:I'm very saddened to hear of another tragedy this season. Although the initial report of downclimbing the North Face is confusing, there is probably much more to the story that didn't make it into this first press release. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding this event, I wish to offer my condolences to the fellow climbers, friends and family members of this climber.


+1 - Truly sorry to hear about this. Condolences to family and friends.
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby dpbasing » Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:04 pm

Damn, very sorry to hear this. Been a rough few weeks around here. My condolences to the victim's family and friends+1

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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby matthewbe » Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:41 pm

Very sad few weeks indeed. RIP to the climber and condolences to family and friends.
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby rocky » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:18 pm

The climber has been identified.

Condolences to all of his partners, friends and family.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/21/19599642-crews-recover-body-of-climber-who-fell-to-death-on-colorado-mountain?lite
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby MountainHiker » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:41 pm

My condolences to Ryan's family and friends.
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Re: Capitol Peak Accident 7/19/2013

Postby jfleisher » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:13 pm

The 2nd press release from Pitkin County Sheriffs/MRA:

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Capitol Peak Incident
Pitkin County, Colorado – July 21, 2013 – Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers and DBS Helicopter Services from Rifle, Colorado, at the request of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office successfully recovered the body of the deceased climber on Capitol Peak. The climber has since been identified as thirty five year old Ryan Joseph Palmer of Vail, Colorado.

On Friday July 19, 2013, Mr. Palmer reportedly fell approximately 200 to 300 feet on the north face of Capitol Peak. Capitol Peak is an extremely steep and exposed 14,130 foot mountain in the West Elk Range of Colorado. At approximately 07:15 P.M. Mr. Palmer’s hiking companions, who did not know at the time that Mr. Palmer had fallen, reported to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office that Mr. Palmer was overdue from meeting them at Capitol Lake which is located on the north side of Capitol Peak.

On Saturday July 20, 2013, Mountain Rescue Aspen deployed eleven volunteer members and with the aid of Bruce Gordon of Eco Flight from Aspen, Colorado located Palmer on the snowfield below the north face of the mountain.

Today on Sunday July 21, 2013 Mountain Rescue Aspen deployed another eleven volunteer members to facilitate the recovery of Mr. Palmer’s body. The recovery was further facilitated by DBS Helicopter Services from Rifle, Colorado in transporting Mr. Palmer’s body off of the extremely steep north face to an established landing zone approximately eight miles away. Mr. Palmer’s body was received at the landing zone by Pitkin County Deputy Coroner Michael Buglione who transported Mr. Palmer’s body to the Aspen Valley Hospital.

As of 03:30 P.M. on July 21, 2013, DBS Helicopter Services and all Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteer personnel were safely out of the field.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office wishes to extend its thanks to DBS Helicopter Services in Rifle, Colorado, Bruce Gordon of Eco Flight in Aspen, Colorado and all the volunteer members of Mountain Rescue Aspen for their efforts in this difficult mission.

For more information contact:
Deputy Jesse Steindler
970 920 5300
jesse.steindler@pitkinsheriff.com

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