Climber dies in Rocky Mountain National Park fall

ESTES PARK, Colo. - The body of a climber will be left in Rocky Mountain National Park overnight after he died falling on Lumpy Ridge.

Park rangers were notified of the accident at 12:30 p.m. via cell phone that a 22-year-old man had fallen 30 feel while climbing the Batman Pinnacle on Lumpy Ridge, a popular rock-climbing area within the park.

Witnesses attempted CPR but could not revive the man.

His body is located approximately 2 miles from the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead in steep, rugged terrain with loose rock and scree.  Since the incident, numerous severe thunderstorms have moved through the area with intense lightning and heavy rain causing wet, slick rocks.  Due to the current conditions and location of the man’s body, recovery efforts will take place Friday, weather permitting.

Rangers will remain with the body overnight.

The approach to Batman Pinnacle and Lightning Rock formations are closed until recovery efforts are complete.

The man is from New Jersey but was currently living in Fort Collins.   His body will be transferred to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office.  His name will not be released until next of kin are notified. 

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