STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– Daniel Hohs had only recently moved to the Front Range and was out on an open trail, his favorite pastime, when tragedy struck over the weekend.
“Just the most genuine kind hearted person I’ve ever met in my entire life. His laugh was contagious, lit up a room,” said Hohs’ friend, Ashley Waters.
The 31-year-old endurance athlete died Saturday after he was bitten by a rattlesnake.
According to police, Hohs was about 1½ miles up from the Mount Galbraith trail head in Golden when he was bitten on the ankle.
“There is nothing to say he wasn’t at the wrong place at the wrong time. He was at the right place at the wrong time. There just happened to be a rattle snake in his path,” said Waters.
Hohs was a beloved member of the small mountain community. The Steamboat Springs community is planning to organize a gathering in the coming weeks to remember Hohs.
“Anyone who spent a considerable amount of time with him would consider him their best friend,” said Eddie Rogers, Hohs’ former roommate.
In August 2014, Hohs became an Ironman when he completed his first full-distance race in Louisville, KY.
Hohs had been training with Heather Gollnick on the IronEdge triathlon team.
“Dan was so full of life,” Gollnick told CBS4.
Most recently, Hohs was hiking and biking Colorado mountains with friends.
“He was out there doing what he loved to do, whether it was doing a 14er and riding his bike to the next 14er while his friends rode in the car,” Gollnick told the Steamboat Pilot and Today.
The Jefferson County Coroner says they have never seen a case like this. Rattlesnake bites are common but very rarely are fatal.
Hohs’ father told CBS4 he’s not sure if he was allergic, but says he’s thankful for everyone who tried to save his son’s life.
Test results could take several weeks to figure out what factors lead to Hoh’s death.