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Fatality On Longs Peak Below Ledges In Rocky Mountain National Park

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Date: July 25, 2014
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

This morning, Friday, July 25, at 7:00 a.m., park rangers were contacted by a person climbing the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. The caller notified rangers that he and a group he was climbing with saw a body below The Ledges of the Keyhole Route. Rangers reached the body at 10:15 a.m. and confirmed that a male was deceased.      

The incident is under investigation, no foul play is suspected. The US Forest Service Northern Colorado helicopter assisted with recovery efforts. His body was flown to the helipad at Upper Beaver Meadows in Rocky Mountain National Park and was transferred to the Boulder County Coroner's Office. The name, age and hometown of the deceased male will be released after identification has been made and next of kin have been notified. No further information is available at this time.


The man has been positively identified by the Boulder County Coroner's office as 18 year old Nicholas L. Hellbusch of Lenexa, KS. No further information is available.

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In 1915, Congress created Rocky Mountain, the nation's 10th national park. Congress created the National Park Service in 1916.