Aspen skier initially survived 1,000 fall |

Aspen skier initially survived 1,000 fall

ASPEN, Colorado ” Friends say a backcountry skier killed in a 1,000-foot fall near Aspen was alive when a companion reached him but died before help could arrive.

Forty-six-year-old Lathrop Strang of Carbondale died Friday while descending Mount Sopris.

Kirsten and Penn Newhard of Basalt say they were among five people, including Strang, who set out for the peak.

The Newhards say Strang was conscious but unresponsive when companion Fletcher Yaw found him after the fall. Yaw gave Strang extra clothing and tried to make him comfortable before leaving for help.

The others had taken a different route or turned back early. They called sheriff’s deputies when Strang and Yaw were late in returning.

Strang was an architect and the son of former U.S. Rep. Michael Strang of Colorado.

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