Crews injured retrieving hiker's body on Capitol Peak

PITKIN COUNTY – The body of a climber reported missing Tuesday night was recovered Wednesday afternoon in the Mount Daly Basin, near Capitol Peak. Three rescue workers were injured after a civilian hiker triggered a rock slide. The injuries were not serious.

The victim was identified by a Hardrock Endurance Run tweet. The group tweeted that the family of 53-year-old Jim Nelson was notified of his death.

A family member contacted the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to say that the Salt Lake City man, described as an outdoor enthusiast and experienced climber, didn't come home when he was supposed to. He also didn't show up to work, which prompted the call to authorities.

Rescuers found the Nelson's car later that night at Capitol Peak. At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Mountain Rescue Aspen and the Colorado National Guard's High Altitude Aviation Training Site searched the Capitol Peak area, ultimately finding his body three hours later.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office will look into what caused Nelson's death.

Capitol Peak is the 32nd highest peak in Colorado, at an elevation of 14,130. Considered one of the most difficult 14ers in Colorado, there is only one non-technical route to the summit: the Northeast Ridge.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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