(CBS4) – A man who was climbing on Longs Peak and took a fall that was estimated to be between 600 and 800 feet has died. Witnesses said he was not roped in while he was climbing a rock face on Thursday.
His name has not been released but authorities said he was 26 and lived in Golden.READ MORE: COVID Restrictions In Colorado: Custer County Commissioners Vote To Drop All Restrictions, Open Up 100%
The accident happened on the Broadway Ledge, near Fields Chimney on the east face of Longs.READ MORE: Berthoud Real Estate Agent Bret Lamperes Charged With Money Laundering
Officials say on average two people die trying to climb the challenging mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park each year. This is the first known death on the mountain in 2020.MORE NEWS: Colorado Parks And Wildlife Urging Pet Stores To Remove Betta Buddy Marimo Balls Due To Zebra Mussels
The victim’s body was located on the base of the Chimney, flown to a helispot in the Upper Beaver Meadows area of the park at 3:45 p.m. and then transferred to the Boulder County Coroner.