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Hiker from Parker who fell to his death climbing Crestone Needle identified by coroner

Posted: 3:00 PM, Jul 16, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-16 21:00:11Z

CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. (AP)  -- Authorities have released the name of a man who fell 100 feet to his death while climbing the Crestone Needle in southern Colorado.

The Saguache County coroner's office identified the man Thursday as 55-year-old Stephen Hunt, of Parker. The Denver Post reports Hunt, a married father of two teenagers, fell Sunday afternoon and his body was recovered Tuesday.

Hunt's obituary says he was an avid hiker and had climbed all of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks.

The Crestone Needle is one of the state's hardest 14ers to climb. In September, a respected central Texas doctor was killed while climbing to the mountain's 14,203-foot summit.

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