Lawrence Gang of Longmont had been on a climb up Mount Bierstadt. His family called authorities Saturday, saying he was overdue.
Chatter on http://www.14ers.com/ suggests he was probably doing the Sawtooth Ridge, an airy Class III route connecting Mt. Evans to Mt. Bierstadt.
As one 14ers.com poster put it: "The ridge is completely doable by experienced climbers, in good physical condition, in good weather conditions, and using good judgment. Absent one of these four factors, risks rise significantly. This one could have been just a freak accident."
Larry Gang was a member of 14ers.com. He is the second to die in a few months.
His last trip report on the site, in which he took a tricky alternate route up Quandry Peak, foreshadows his death. Read it here. He concludes by saying: :"I'm quite pleased with my 51 year old body and the way it handled the West Ridge and love the rush of being on the edge of danger. Hiking alone has become my habit since I am slower than most people who would take on such routes."