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Hiker Dies on Longs Peak

He was reported missing Tuesday.

by: Abbey Dufoe

image: NPS
image: NPS

A 24-year-old Fort Collins man has died on Longs Peak.  

Rocky Mountain National Park rangers located the man's body in the Trough, a steep gulley about 1,000 feet below the popular Keyhole Route, according to a statement released Tuesday by the park.

The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, left home early on Monday, June 9 and likely planned to hike the Keyhole Route. However, when he failed to show up for work at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 10, rescue personnel were notified. 

Due to adverse weather, recovery efforts will be delayed until Wednesday.

The Coloradoan reports that the man is the first person to die on Longs Peak this year.  It remains unclear whether or not he had proper mountaineering gear and/or experience. The typical climbing season for Longs Peak runs from late July through September.

Read more: NPS | The Coloradoan

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