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    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

Falling Fatality In Rocky Mountain National Park

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Date: August 22, 2013
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

Park rangers were notified today around 12:30 p.m. via cell phone that a 22-year-old male had fallen 30 feet while climbing Batman Pinnacle on Lumpy Ridge, a popular rock climbing area within the park. Minutes later people on scene started CPR on the victim. He did not recover.      

His 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 have 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 will take place tomorrow, weather permitting. Rangers will remain 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. No further information is available. 

Did You Know?

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In 2004 there were 190 Search and Rescue incidents in the park, a very small number considering there were about 3 million visitors to the park in that same time period.