Man falls 200-300 feet to death on Capitol Peak

ASPEN — Rescue crews have found the body of a man who fell 200 to 300 feet while descending Capitol Peak west of Aspen.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department says 35-year-old Ryan Joseph Palmer of Vail decided Friday to climb down the north face of the peak instead of crossing the exposed “knife edge” route again. His climbing partners crossed the knife edge and watched him make his way down the face. They called authorities when Palmer did not return to camp.

The sheriff’s office says search and rescue crews found the body at the base of the north face just after 2 p.m. Saturday. Palmer’s body was recovered Sunday.

Capitol Peak rises to an elevation of 14,130 feet.



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