News

Actions

Hiker from Parker dies in fall on 14er -- Crestone Needle

Posted: 10:40 AM, Jul 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-15 18:32:16Z

CUSTER COUNTY -- A hiker from Parker died this week in a fall on a 14er.

The hiker, a 55-year-old man whose name has not yet been released, was hiking Crestone Needle in the Sangre de Cristos Mountains in Southern Colorado when he fell after descending off-route, according to Custer County Search and Rescue.

The man had been hiking with two other people.

One member of the group turned around before the accident "when he felt the conditions exceeded his ability" and he became disoriented, officials said. Search and rescue found the man and rescued him.

The second member was with the Parker man when the fall happened. That hiker called 911 for help.

According to SummitPost.org, Crestone Needle is considered one of the hardest 14ers to climb because even its easiest route can be challenging for the novice peakbagger. A 14er is a peak over 14,000-feet high.

A Texas doctor died climbin g Crestone Needle last September.

---------

Sign up for Denver7 email alerts to stay informed about breaking news and daily headlines.

Or, keep up-to-date by following Denver7 on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter .