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Man killed in rockfall, avalanche at Rocky Mountain National Park identified

One person was killed and two others were injured in the rockfall and avalanche near the Dreamweaver Couloir Sunday.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — One climber was killed and two others were injured in a rockfall and avalanche in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) Sunday morning.

Around 9 a.m., the rockfall and avalanche were reported near the Dreamweaver Couloir at Mount Meeker by other climbers in the area, RMNP spokesperson Kyle Patterson said.

Patterson said two men and a woman were involved. The woman suffered minor injuries. One of the men was extricated by helicopter and flown to Medical Center of the Rockies. Both of those injured are from Albuquerque, New Mexico, RMNP said. 

Search crews found the other man's body in avalanche debris around 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Patterson said. The recovery operation was delayed due to winter weather conditions, but was completed Tuesday. 

He was identified as Christopher Clark, 25, of Land O’ Lakes, Florida.

Credit: Rocky Mountain National Park

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