Hiker Dies at Parry Peak Campground
While the summer months bring many to the high country to experience the scenic splendor of the Rocky Mountains, yesterday an adventurous outing of rock-climbing and repelling ended with a fatality.
According to Lake County Public Information Officer Betty Benson, a 911 emergency call came into Lake County Dispatch Center at approximately 12:38 p.m. on Monday, July 24 reporting that a hiker near the Parry Peak campground had been repelling and fell to the ground. While an offical autopsy will determine the exact cause of death, initial reports indicate that the victim may have suffered a medical incident during the activity, resulting in him collapsging and ultimating falling to the ground below.
The victim was a 51 year-old male who was later pronounced dead. While his identity was not released by officials, Leadville Today was able to confirm that the individual was not a local resident.
Parry Peak campground is located several miles west of the Village of Twin Lakes and situated off Highway 82, more commonly known as the road to Independence Pass.
This is the second reported fatality in the area this summer. On June 24, Lake County Search and Rescue crews retrieved the body of a 15-year-old Twin Lakes teenager from Lake Creek after she had slipped and fell into the water, immediately swept downstream by high and fast running currents.
While the area is popular with recreationalists and athletes training for the Leadville Race Series, the public is urged to use caution when enjoying the area. The canyon walls are steep and the terrain can be unstable in places. In addition, water levels can change fast and frequently in the area which houses the Mt. Elbert Power Plant which regulates water flows into Twin Lakes and eventually, the Arkansas River.
Responding to yesterday’s emergency situation was the Lake County Sheriff, Lake County Sheriff Deputy, Office of Emergency Management personnel, Lake County Search and Rescue, Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue, St. Vincent Ambulance crew and 1 engine from Chaffee County and a second engine from Chaffee to cover Leadville/Lake County while they were on mission.
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