Colorado climber dies after weekend fall from Aspen ’14er’ Capitol Peak |

Colorado climber dies after weekend fall from Aspen ’14er’ Capitol Peak

Jake Lord, a 25-year-old climber from Parker, Colorado, died from a fall near Capitol Peak, a 14,000-foot mountain southwest of Aspen, on Saturday morning.
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Jake Lord, a 25-year-old from Parker, Colorado, died Saturday morning near Capitol Peak after falling from the Aspen-area 14,000-foot mountain.

According to a statement from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Lord was climbing with close friend Peter Doro of Highlands Ranch when he fell approximately 50 to 100 meters. Doro reached dispatch at 7:42 a.m. and performed CPR on Lord. He was assisted by a Good Samaritan who tried to help and remained on scene until rescuers were able to extricate Lord by helicopter.

Mountain Rescue Aspen called in a Flight For Life helicopter, which landed near the northwest ridge of the Colorado “14er,” and reached Lord at 9:45 a.m., declaring him dead on scene. The helicopter included a pair of volunteers, one of whom was a paramedic.

A separate National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Site helicopter safely removed the Mountain Rescue Aspen members, Doro and the body of Lord by 12:35 p.m.

The families of both men arrived in Aspen on Saturday to lend support.

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