A Colorado goat hunter dies from a big fall in the Maroon Bells mountains near Aspen.
According to the Aspen Daily News, Ted Leach, of Littleton, died on Monday from injuries he sustained from a 60 to 80 foot fall during a limited-draw mountain goat hunt.
Leach, 42, was packing out a goat after a successful hunt on North Maroon Peak when he fell. Climbers found Leach moaning in pain early Monday morning. One of the climbers descended the hill to find help while the other stayed with Leach. Other climbers arrived on the scene and attempted to help Leach.
Members of Mountain Rescue Aspen responded to the scene with a Blackhawk helicopter and a team on foot. Rescuers administered advanced life support equipment and air-lifted Leach to a landing pad near Crater Lake. From there, Leach was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead later that morning. The official cause of death was multiple systems trauma.
Leach was camping at the Minnehaha Gulch in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. He was carrying an estimated 100 pounds in his pack when he fell.