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22-Year-Old Dies In Fall At Rocky Mountain National Park


Yet another climbing fatality has occurred in Rocky Mountain National Park, where a 22-year-old man has fallen to his death on Lumpy Ridge.

Rangers learned of the incident about 12:30 p.m. Thursday via a cellphone call. The unidentified man was climbing Batman Pinnacle on Lumpy Ridge, a popular rock climbing area within the park, when he fell about 30 feet. Minutes later people on scene started CPR on the victim, but with no success.

The man's body is located approximately 2 miles from the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead in steep, rugged terrain with loose rock and scree. Since the incident, numerous severe thunderstorms moved through the area with intense lightning and heavy rain causing wet, slick rocks. Due to the current conditions and location of the man’s body, recovery efforts were delayed until today, weather permitting. Rangers remained on scene overnight.

The approach to Batman Pinnacle and Lightning Rock formations are closed until recovery efforts are complete.

The man is from New Jersey but was currently living in Fort Collins. His body will be transferred to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office. His name will not be released until next of kin are notified.

Back on August 16 a Missouri man died in a 150-foot fall in the park.

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