Climber tumbles 600 feet to death near Aspen
August 15, 2010
ASPEN, Colorado – A 20-year-old climber is dead after tumbling about 600 feet into a canyon near Aspen.
Authorities identified the victims in Saturday’s accident as Spencer James Nelson, a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a member of its nationally-ranked ski team.
Had had summited one of the 14,000-foot Maroon Peaks and was headed back down with seven other people, including his father, when he was hit by a rock from above and fell from the mountainside.
Deputy Alex Burchetta, a spokesman for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, says he fell into what’s known as the Bell Chord couloir.
Officials say efforts to recover the body were suspended because of darkness and would resume Sunday morning.