Patrick Eells, 29, of Telluride was found deceased Monday afternoon from traumatic injuries suffered from an apparent fall while hiking alone on the Dallas-Gilpin ridge about 3.5 miles north of Telluride, CO.
An experienced mountaineer, Mr. Eells told his girlfriend Sunday he was going to hike from Telluride and run on Sneffels Highline and possibly summit Mt. Emma. He was reported missing at about 11 pm that evening, and a Search and Rescue mission was launched early Monday with about a dozen deputies and SAR members utilizing multiple aircraft resources.
Eells, an experienced mountaineer, was located at 2 pm Monday, and a recovery mission began.
Sheriff Bill Masters said, “We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Eells who so clearly was in the prime of his life.”
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.