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Fatality On Taylor Glacier In RMNP

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 16, two climbers reported that a third man who was climbing with them fell on Taylor Glacier in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park rangers reached the man’s body at 4:45 p.m. The 54-year-old Colorado man took an approximate 350 foot tumbling fall.

The man who fell had the group’s rope, leaving the other two climbers stranded near the top of Taylor Glacier just below the ridgeline between Taylor Peak and Powell Peak. Those two climbers were able to anchor themselves in place until help arrived. Two rangers reached the ridgeline above the climbers around 4:15 p.m. and were able to belay the two between 50 to 100 feet up to their location. The rangers provided assistance to the climbers and are hiking out with them tonight.

Park rangers will remained in the area of the man’s body during the night. The area is steep and treacherous in a talus area with loose rocks, ice and snow.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. Weather and resources permitting, the victim’s body will be should  be recovered on Sunday. His body will then be transferred to the Larimer County Coroner. The man’s name will not be released until next of kin are notified.

This is the fifth falling fatality in RMNP this year.

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