Vail climber dies on 14er near Aspen

ASPEN, Colo. - A climber who was found dead on Capitol Peak in Pitkin County Saturday has been identified.

The group said the man didn't want to re-cross a feature called the "knife edge" and decided to climb down the north face of 14,130-foot Capitol Peak.   The climbing partners could see the man as he worked his way down the north face.

The friends waited for the solo climber to arrive in camp and reported him overdue when he didn't.

Saturday morning, Mountain Rescue Aspen sent an airplane with spotters over the peak to look for the missing climber. They also sent search teams on foot to look.

One of the teams located a climber's body at the base of the north face, at about 2:10 p.m. The body was left on the mountain and was recovered on Sunday.

The victim was identified Sunday as 35-year-old Ryan Joseph Palmer of Vail, Colo.

Capitol Peak is located in the Elk Mountains west of Aspen  and is within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

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