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Deaths on Capitol Peak: Is Social Media to Blame?

An in-depth read on how online photos and beta might have contributed to last year's death toll on the Elk Range peak.

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Last year was an unusually tragic one at Capitol Peak, one of the state’s most difficult Fourteeners: Five hikers died in July and August. This feature takes an in-depth look at how social media might be contributing to a new way hikers perceive risk.