Body of missing Pyramid climber found

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times

The body of the climber who went missing Sunday afternoon after descending the summit of Pyramid Peak was located, transported off the mountain and turned over to the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office, the county Sheriff’s Office reported Monday.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Alex Burchetta said 4 p.m. Monday that the name of the deceased and the cause of death would not be released until next of kin is notified.

A sheriff’s deputy on Sunday said the man was from the Pueblo area, middle-aged and an experienced climber. He went missing Sunday afternoon after reaching the summit of Pyramid Peak with two other climbers, the deputy said. The three climbers were experienced and had reached the summits of two other 14,000-foot-peaks over the weekend, the deputy said.

Emergency dispatchers received the report of a missing climber at about 2 p.m. Sunday. Just after 6 p.m. Sunday, Mountain Rescue Aspen was conducting an air search for the man with the help of DBS Helicopters, of Rifle.

Sunday evening’s air search was not successful. On Monday, the search resumed by air and on foot, with a Colorado National Guard High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site helicopter and three two-person ground teams from Mountain Rescue Aspen participating. At 11:18 a.m., the body of the climber was located.

Burchetta said it took more than two hours for the ground teams to descend the mountain and complete the operation. Pyramid Peak lies about 10 miles southwest of Aspen and is a popular summer hiking spot.

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