Pitkin County coroner identifies climber who died on Thunder Pyramid

By Real Aspen
Real AspenJune 24, 2013
The Pitkin County Coroner's Office Monday evening identified the body of climber found on Thunder Pyramid Peak near Aspen as a 52-year-old Pueblo man.

"The climber has been identified as 52-year-old male Steve Gladbach from Pueblo, Colo," Pitkin County Coroner Jennifer Diamond said in a release. "He died from head trauma in addition to multiple systems injuries."

Gladbach apparently fell while descending the treacherous 13,000-plus-foot mountain near the more famous Pyramid Peak, a 14er in the Elk Range about 10 miles west of Aspen within the boundaries Maroon Bells Wilderness Area.

Gladbach became separated from two climbing companies Sunday afternoon while descending Thunder Pyramid, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office. The companions notified authorities who began a search by helicopter on Sunday evening.

A Colorado Army National Guard helicopter out of the High-altitude Aviation Training Site at the Eagle County Regional Airport spotted Gladbach Monday morning.

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