An experienced climber who had summited more than half of Colorado’s 58 14ers fell 1,000-feet to his death on Friday, reports The Ouray County Plain Dealer.
The man, who was alone, had summited 14,158-foot Mount Sneffels early Friday afternoon, and was descending the southwest ridge.
HIs family reported him overdue around 8:30 pm that night. Search and rescue crews began their mission around 10:25 pm, but did not find anything. They resumed at first light on Saturday morning, spotting his body from the air around 7 am.
His body was found in an area known as “No Man’s Land.” The area can’t be seen from any hiking trails.
A helicopter was used to extricate his body, which was then taken to Grand Junction for autopsy.
The man was in his 50s and was from Colorado.
Mount Sneffels is the highest summit of the Sneffels Range in the Rocky Mountains of North America. The prominent 14,158-foot (4315.4 m) fourteener is located in the Mount Sneffels Wilderness of Uncompahgre National Forest, 6.7 miles (10.8 km) west by south (bearing 256°) of the City of Ouray in Ouray County, Colorado, United States. The summit of Mount Sneffels is the highest point in Ouray County.