Climber dies after fall from Independence Monument at Colorado National Monument

A 67-year-old climber died following a fall from Independence Monument at the Colorado National Monument south of Fruita.

On Saturday just before noon, rangers at the Colorado National Monument learned that a 67-year-old climber had fallen while scaling Independence Monument, according to the National Parks Service.

The rescuers hiked and climbed several miles to the location to reach the climber, who had died of his injuries, the NPS said.

Independence Monument is a 450-foot fin that requires climbers to place their safety gear as they climb. Gear set improperly can result in a fall, so only experienced climbers are encouraged to try to climb it, according to Visit Grand Junction.

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