A 43-year-old woman who was hiking off trail with two men on Sunday afternoon tripped near a rocky cleft on Mount Royal and tumbled 100 feet to her death, authorities say.
The three climbers had reached the top of Mount Royal and were descending the mountain on the outskirts of Frisco when they reached a rocky band about 150 feet from the bottom at around 6 p.m., said Charles Pitman, spokesman for the Summit County Rescue Group.
The unnamed woman, who is not from Colorado, was maneuvering through a tricky section that is steep and quite challenging. Her climbing companions, both local residents, were below her guiding her through the steep rocks when she tripped and fell, Pitman said.
The Summit County Rescue Group responded and carried her body off the mountain. Pitman said many hikers will get tired and go off-trail because they believe they have a shorter way and get into trouble. But in this case, the hikers had planned beforehand to descend the way they did, he said.
“It’s something that we suggest people not do,” Pitman said.
It was the third fatal mountain climbing incident in the past three weeks in Summit County.
A woman was climbing a ridge in the back country north of Silverthorne when she fell a long distance to her death on July 21.
A Colorado man died of a heart attack on July 31 while hiking the Quandary Peak Trailhead a few miles from Silverthorne.
Pitman said it is unusual to have so many fatal incident in a short span of time.
“We sometimes go for a period of years without any climbing deaths,” he said.
In yet another incident, a large team of volunteers was scheduled to search for a missing Denver man, Tyler Gorrell, 33, Monday morning, Pitman said. Gorrell has been missing since Aug. 3. Several dog teams will be part of the search.
Gorrell’s car was found at the Rock Creek winter trail head in Summit County.
“The Summit County Rescue Group’s training, dynamic work ethic and commitment to the mission gives me a lot of hope that we can find Tyler and bring him home to his family,” Pitman said.