Parker man dies in Capitol Peak fall
A climber fell to his death Saturday morning on Capitol Peak, Pitkin County authorities reported.
A news release said Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center received a call at 7:42 a.m. regarding a climbing accident that occurred in the area of Capitol Peak.
The caller was identified as 25-year-old Peter Doro from Highlands Ranch. Doro reported that his climbing partner, later identified as 25-year-old Jake Lord of Parker had fallen approximately 50 to 100 meters.
Doro said that he was performing CPR and that a good samaritan who identified himself only as “Reese” assisted him in resuscitation efforts. “Reese” remained on scene until rescuers were able to extricate Lord by helicopter.
Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office notified Mountain Rescue Aspen at approximately 7:50 a.m. and MRA began calling in volunteers. A Flight for Life helicopter was dispatched to the Pitkin County Airport where they picked up two MRA volunteers, one of whom was a paramedic.
The helicopter landed in the area of the northwest ridge of Capitol Peak and rescuers descended to the scene.
MRA members reached Lord at approximately 9:45 a.m. and determined that he was dead. Lord, Doro and all MRA members were extricated by a different helicopter operated by the High Altitude Aviation Training Site (National Guard) and were safely out of the field at approximately 12:35 p.m.
Doro and Lord were close friends and climbing partners. Doro stayed with his friend until the volunteers were able to move Lord off the mountain.
The families of both Lord and Doro arrived in Aspen during the course of the day to lend support to one another.
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