Climber of 30-foot fall in Rocky Mountain National Park identified
Ryan Summerlin September 3, 2013
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — The 22 year-old man, who fell 30 feet to his death in Rocky Mountain National Park while climbing Batman Pinnacle on Lumpy Ridge, has been identified as Corey Stewart of Newton, New Jersey. He was enrolled as a student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, according to park officials.
The man reportedly was engaged in traditional climbing using climbing gear and a rope, though details of how the incident happened were not released due to the investigation being ongoing, according to Park spokesperson Kyle Patterson.
The fall took place in a popular rock climbing area on the east side of the Park, on Thursday, Aug. 22.
Park officials said people on scene of the incident started CPR on the victim within minutes, though he did not recover.
The man’s body was located about two miles from the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead in steep, rugged terrain with loose rocks and scree. Heavy rain and lightning delayed recovery efforts until Friday, Park officials said. Rangers remained at the scene overnight and conducted the recovery the next day.