Denver nurse dies in Quandary Peak fall |

Denver nurse dies in Quandary Peak fall

Jane Reuter

SUMMIT COUNTY – A Denver nurse died in a Friday afternoon fall near the top of Quandary Peak. Julie Marshall, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marshall, who worked at Denver Health Medical Center, was hiking with another medical center nurse, when a rock fell above the pair. Marshall’s friend warned her about the rock, and when Marshall looked behind her to see where it was, her feet slipped out from under her on the loose scree near Quandary’s summit, according to Summit County Coroner Dave Joslin. She fell an estimated 130 feet.

Joslin said she died of multi-system trauma, “which means everything was broken.”

“She was unconscious right away and probably died very quickly after the accident,” he said.

Marshall’s friend ran to her and could not find a pulse. She ran out for help, but a late-afternoon thunderstorm hampered rescuers from finding Marshall. They pronounced her dead on the scene.

Even though the woman did not have a pulse when her friend ran for help, Joslin said she held onto hope that Marshall had survived.

“I had to break the news to her,” he said. “That was quite difficult.”

Quandary Peak is a 14,265-foot mountain located between Breckenridge and Hoosier Pass.

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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