Climber Falls to His Death in Rockies

James Charles Patrick's two companions were rescued
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2010 9:38 AM CDT
Climber Falls to His Death in Rockies
James Charles Patrick fell more than 1,000 feet to his death.   (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Service, Lisa McKeon, File)

A day of rock climbing ended in tragedy in the Rockies after 54-year-old James Charles Patrick tumbled more than 1,000 feet to his death. Patrick was climbing Taylor Glacier with two companions on Saturday when he fell, taking the group's rope with him. The two were able to anchor themselves and use a cell phone to call for help, which arrived about five hours later. Two rangers stayed with Patrick's body overnight; it was flown out yesterday morning. His death marks this year's fifth falling fatality in Rocky Mountain National Park, notes the Coloradoan.
(Read more climbing accident stories.)

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