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Climber dies in fall in canyon west of Boulder

Posted at 3:19 PM, Aug 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-24 18:09:46-04

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a climber has died after a fall in Boulder Canyon.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports the climber fell Saturday in an area called the Bell Buttress along Colorado 119 about 9 miles (15 kilometers) west of downtown Boulder.

No names have been released, but the victim has been identified as a 50-year-old man from Kansas.

The man was with a climbing partner at the time of the incident. Both the victim and his climbing partner were walking along the top of the cliff looking for a route to descend when a rock gave way after the victim walked to the edge of the cliff, according to a news release from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

The victim and the rock fell 60-feet to a ledge below.

Sheriff's deputies and the county coroner were investigating.