25-Year-Old Dies In Climbing Accident On Capitol Peak In Colorado

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Capitol Peak, Colorado – On Saturday, July 15, 2017 Jake Lord, 25, of Parker, CO suffered a fatal fall of 50 to 100 meters while climbing Capitol Peak in Colorado.

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Lord was climbing with Pete Doro of Highlands Ranch, CO when the accident occurred. Doro notified authorities about the climbing accident at 7:42 AM. A “Good Samaritan” assisted Doro in performing CPR.

A Flight For Life with Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers responded to the scene at 7:50 AM. The helicopter landed on the northwest ridge of Capitol and descended to the scene.

Rescuers were on scene by 9:45am, but unfortunately Lord did not survive. A National Guard helicopter retrieved everyone from the mountain by 12:45 PM.

Capitol Peak is a 14,137′ peak in the Elk Mountains Range in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in the White River National Forest of Colorado. It is the 19th highest peak in Colorado and is one of the most difficult 14ers in Colorado (Wikipedia.com). Learn more about climbing Capitol Peak on 14ers.com.

UPDATE 7/19:

  • According to AspenTimes.com, Jake Lord was trying to climb “over the top of a large boulder on the way up Capitol Peak.” Lord and his climbing partner, Doro, were NOT on the standard route to climb Capitol Peak. Find more details about this Colorado 14er fatality on AspenTimes.com.

See Also: List and Map of the Colorado 14ers


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