By Mary Lowers

According to a source close to a Sunday July 10 search and rescue mission, an unidentified man fell 100 ft from the Crestone Needle to his death. Two men, who both were experienced climbers from Lakewood and Parker Colorado, were into their climb when the incident occurred. The victim’s climbing buddy watched his friend fall to his death, called 911, and waited with the deceased until Saguache County Search and Rescue (SCSR) volunteers were airlifted to the Cottonwood Lake area near the accident site by chopper. By the time SCSR hiked to the deceased it was too late at night to get the body to the landing area so it could be flown out. Two SCSR members stayed with the body overnight. Early Monday July 11 a chopper was in the air to retrieve the body but it was unable to land, so the two SCSR volunteers spent another night on the mountain. On Tuesday July 12 a different chopper will be sent up the mountain to complete this sad and grim mission.

(A complete story on this incident will appear in the upcoming issue of the Crestone Eagle.)