Last Sunday, August 6th 2017, a mountain climber fell to death from 14,137′ Capit0l Peak. The climber was 35 year old Jeremy Shull of Parker Colorado.
On Wednesday, August 9th 2017, rescuers were able to recovery the fallen climber’s body 200-vertical-feet below where he fell. His body was located in a deep crevasse.
Mountain Rescue Aspen personnel were able to locate Jeremy’s body on the day he fell, but due to dangerous weather weren’t able to recover the body until Wednesday.
7 people have died on 14,000-foot peaks in the USA this year.
6 deaths on Colorado 14ers and 1 death on a California 14er and there is still one climber missing on a 14er in the USA right now who is most likely deceased.
- Climber’s Body Found on North Maroon Bell, CO Yesterday | 6th Death on Colorado 14er This Year
- Climber Dies in Fall on 14,200′ Starlight Peak, CA Yesterday | 7th Climbing Death on USA 14er This Year
- Solo Mountain Climber Missing After Attempting Five 14,000-Foot Peaks in One Day in California
Capitol Peak Body Recovery Press Release
Pitkin County, Colorado – August 9, 2017- At 6:00 AM The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office commenced the recovery of 35 year old Jeremy Shull of Parker Colorado. Shull fell on Sunday while ascending the 14,130’ Capitol Peak, which is located approximately fourteen miles west of Aspen. He fell off the east side of an area near the K2 Peak.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the fall at approximately 8:20 AM on Sunday August 6, 2017. Shull was climbing with three of his friends on Sunday when another climbing team in front of Shull heard Shull fall while his three friends were out of sight of Shull. A person in a climbing team behind Shull’s team was able to call 911 from that location and report the fall. The Sheriff’s Office and the all volunteer team of Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) was able to locate Shull approximately 200’ down from where he fell. A member of MRA was able to climb down to the top of the crevasse where Shull landed and visually confirm that Shull did not survive the fall based on the condition of the body. Due to forecasted, dangerous weather conditions in the vicinity of Capitol Peak , recovery efforts were delayed until today. The Shull family was notified of the recovery and understood that rescuer safety is paramount. The recovery mission lasted approximately nine hours with all rescuers out of the field safely by 3:00 PM. Today’s recovery efforts included members of MRA and a Bell 205++ helicopter with a team of three from Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control out of Montrose, Colorado.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office would like thank the Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control for today’s recovery and acknowledge the hard work the all volunteer Mountain Rescue Aspen, which has conducted ten search and rescue missions in the last ten days.
*Our deepest condolences go out the victim’s friends and family.