Colorado Trails

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.

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.