Helicopter spots dead climber on Thunder Pyramid Peak

By Real Aspen
Real AspenJune 24, 2013
Rescuers Monday reported the body of a climber was spotted by Colorado National Guard helicopter on Thunder Pyramid Peak, a 13,000-foot-plus mountain near Pyramid Peak in the Maroon Bells Wilderness 10 miles west of Aspen.

The climber became separated from two other climbers in his party on Sunday. The cause of death was unknown at 1 p.m. Monday, and authorities were withholding the name of the dead climber until next of kin can be notified.

Here's the full release Monday from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office:

At approximately 11:18 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2013 the body of the climber reported as missing on Sunday, June 23rd was located. The body was located by the CO National Guard High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (HAATS) helicopter and ground teams from Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) on Thunder Pyramid peak.

Personnel from the CO National Guard’s HAATS team, Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) the U.S. Forest Service and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office were involved in this morning’s search and recovery.
Thunder Pyramid Peak.

On Sunday afternoon, June 23, 2013 at 1:56 P.M. the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office received notification that a SPOT device had been activated approximately 10 miles west of Aspen, Colorado in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area/White River National Forest.

The SPOT device had been activated by two climbers who had become separated from one of their climbing partners. MRA members searched the area on Sunday using a helicopter from DBS Helicopters. Sunday’s search was unsuccessful.

As of 1:00 p.m. June 24, 2013, the cause and manner of death are not known. The identity of the deceased climber will not be released until notification has been given to next of kin. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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