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Woman dies after 500-foot fall in Rocky Mountain National Park

The death was the second one reported at the park this month.
Woman dies after 500-foot fall in Rocky Mountain National Park
Posted at 8:42 AM, Jul 12, 2023

A 26-year-old Boulder, Colorado, woman died after falling 500 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park Sunday.

The woman, whose identity has not been released, was free-solo climbing when she fell from Four Aces of Blitzen Ridge, located on Ypsilon Mountain on the east side of the park.

A 27-year-old Boulder man who was with the woman called park rangers after the fall. A search and rescue team reached the area later that evening, according to a press release from the park.

A National Guard helicopter was used to extricate the man via a hoist operation. He was uninjured.

The woman’s body was recovered early Monday morning, the park said. Her body was then transferred to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office.

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The Ypsilon Mountain stands at an elevation of over 13,000 feet. 

This week's incident marks the second fatality at the national park this month. On July 2, a 25-year-old from Rhode Island died after falling and being pulled underwater. 

This story was originally published by Robert Garrison at Scripps News Denver.

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