BREAKING: Fifth climber dies on Capitol Peak this summer |

BREAKING: Fifth climber dies on Capitol Peak this summer

The "Knife Edge" of the Northeast Ridge on Capitol Peak.
Courtesy Kevin Berrigan
2017 CLIMBER DEATHS ON CAPITOL PEAK 2017 Jake Lord, 25, Parker: He was climbing July 15 with another man and fell nearly 300 feet when a boulder came loose on the ridge between Capitol and Mount Daly. Jeremy Shull, 35, Parker: He died Aug. 6 after falling from the Knife’s Edge near the summit. He was with a group. Carlin ‘Carly’ Brightwell, 27, and Ryan Marcil, 26, Aspen: The local couple were found on Aug. 22 at the base of the north face of Capitol Peak after climbing the mountain on Aug. 20. They recently had started dated. Male, 21, unknown: Pitkin County authoritities were working Aug. 27 to recover an unknown man’s body from the mountain.

A 21-year-old man died Sunday on Capitol Peak, making it the fifth fatality of the summer on the 14,131-foot mountain.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Mountain Rescue Aspen was working on recovering the man’s body Sunday after his climbing partner called the sheriff’s office.

Early reports were that the man died in the same place an Aspen couple fell to their deaths a week ago; the bodies of Ryan Marcil, 26, and Carlin Brightwell, 27, were recovered Aug. 22.

“MRA is recovering another body from Capitol right now,” Glenwood Springs resident Chris Hagler wrote on the Facebook page. “This is another horrible sad story. Stay on the route and do not descend North Face! We are losing people scaling straight across K2 to Knife Edge instead of descending to stay on route then ascending back up to knife edge and also trying to descend North Face. Our last 3 climbers perished on North Face.”

Two other people died on Capitol Peak earlier this summer in separate incidents. Since 2003, nine people have died climbing the fourteener.

Jake Lord, 25, fell nearly 300 feet on July 15, and Jeremy Shull died Aug. 6 after falling from the Knife Edge area; both men were from Parker, Colorado.

Release of the climber’s name was pending notification of next of kin.

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