A 50-year-old Kansas man fell 60 feet to his death Saturday after completing a climbing route in Boulder Canyon, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Witnesses told investigators that the man, whose identity is being withheld until after relatives are notified, had just completed a route called “Cosmos” when he and his climbing partner were scouting ways to descend. As the man walked to the edge of the cliff to scope out a way down, the rock he was standing on gave way, causing the man and the rock to plummet 60 feet to the ledge below, the sheriff’s office said.
The area they were climbing in is known as the Bell Buttress, across from an area known as “the bowling alley.”
Rescue teams arrived about 11:25 a.m. to find the climber unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 12:14 p.m.
Rescue workers were investigating the scene until 3 p.m., the sheriff’s office said. Volunteers from Rocky Mountain Rescue Group removed the climber’s body from the ledge.
Rescue workers from the following agencies responded: the sheriff’s office, Boulder County Parks and Open Space, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Sugarloaf Fire, Nederland Fire and the county coroner’s office.
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