Volunteers with Mountain Rescue Aspen spent a taxing nine hours Wednesday recovering the body of a Parker man from inside a crevasse on Capitol Peak, sources said.
“In talking with the guys from Mountain Rescue Aspen, it was probably one of the most difficult recoveries in the last couple of decades,” said Michael Buglione of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, who served as incident commander for the recovery efforts. “Mostly because of the depth and steepness of the crevasse and [the body’s] location.”
The climber was identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Shull, who fell Sunday from the east side of the ridge between K2 and the Knife Edge on his way up the 14,130-foot peak, according to Buglione and a news release from the sheriff’s office. Previous reports indicated he fell from the Knife Edge, a 100-foot-long horizontal stretch of ridge with steep drops on either side on the way to the summit, though Buglione said Shull hadn’t yet reached it.
Shull, an addiction counselor in Parker, was married with a 2-month-old son, and was an experienced climber, Buglione said.
Shull was climbing with three friends Sunday, who were behind him when he reached the point from which he fell, according to the news release. Another group of climbers in front of Shull heard him fall while his friends were out of his sight, the release states. A person behind Shull’s group called 911 about 8:20 a.m. Sunday.
Later that day, an MRA member climbed down to the top of the crevasse where Shull landed and confirmed he was dead “based on the condition of the body,” according to the news release. Recovery efforts were postponed until Wednesday because of dangerous weather conditions near…
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