Famed Ice Climber Dies After Fall Near Telluride

Boulder Resident Jack Roberts Goes Into Cardiac Arrest After Breaking Hip

An ice climber who died after falling 60 feet in southwestern Colorado has been identified as Jack Roberts, of Boulder, a nationally-known climber who wrote books and numerous articles on the subject.

Roberts was leading the second pitch when he fell approximately 60 feet, according to RockAndIce.com.

San Miguel Sheriff Bill Masters told the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel that the 58-year-old Roberts suffered a broken hip in Sunday's fall and went into cardiac arrest during the rescue.

Members of the San Miguel County Search and Rescue Team spent 40 minutes trying to resuscitate Roberts.

He was climbing on the Bridal Veil Ice Falls east of Telluride in San Miguel County.

Roberts had been a climber for more than 40 years and was well known in the climbing community as a guide and instructor.

Roberts lived in Boulder, but was spending the winter in the Telluride area to ice climb while his wife, Pam, was away in Cuba, RockAndIce.com reported.

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