The man who died in a fall while descending South Maroon Peak was identified as James Hasse, 61, of Summit County.
A press release from Pitkin County Coroner Steve Ayers says that Hasse died of blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of death was an accident.
Hasse fell sometime on Wednesday while descending the main route on South Maroon Peak. His body was recovered on Thursday.
The incident occurred at about 12,600 feet, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. The summit of South Maroon Peak is 14,163 feet and the climb is considered difficult among the state’s 14er enthusiasts.
The climbing death is the first of the season for the Aspen area.