Man who died on Sopris identified
The Pitkin County Coroner’s Office identified the man who died while hiking Mount Sopris Thursday as Robert Baumgartner, a 73-year-old from Boulder.
“He died of coronary artery disease while ascending the mountain,” Deputy Coroner Eric Hansen said via a statement issued Friday evening. “He was described as an avid climber by friends.”
A pair of female hikers found Baumgartner unconscious just below the false summit of the mountain Thursday and called for help around 1 p.m. They performed CPR, with help from dispatchers giving instructions over the phone, but he didn’t survive.
Mountain Rescue Aspen and a helicopter crew from the High Altitude Aviation Training Site was activated to assist with the rescue and, eventually, recovery operations.
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