Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Two dead in the Sangres, another almost dead in Spanish Peaks

This isn't confirmed yet, but it's creating a buzz on
A man died Sunday while climbing the Northwest Face of Little Bear Peak in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
This is a VERY exposed, 4th Class route where one mistake could be your last. Apparently, a rock he was on slipped and he fell.

Reports say another climber died on Pico Asilado, a thriteener in the Sangres, this weekend.
Finally, two teens from Texas were hit by lightning over the weekend while climbing one of the Spanish Peaks.
The Associated Press reported that one teen's heart stopped beating and the other had to perform CPR to revive him.

Fourth of July is typically the start of the summer climbing season in the high peaks. But that doesn't mean these peaks are easy or particularly safe. Be careful. Be cautious. Go with someone who has experience, and remember experience is not a talisman.

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