Ken May. Photo Courtesy: Summit County Rescue Group.

Ken May. Photo Courtesy: Summit County Rescue Group.

A hiker has died in Colorado after reaching the top of a 13,357-foot mountain found in the I-70 corridor area in Summit County. 

Last Friday, Summit County Rescue Group recovered the body of Ken May, an experienced 71-year-old hiker from Denver that went missing on October 7 while descending from the Mount Silverthorne summit in Summit County.

May's body was found in extremely technical terrain between Mount Silverthorne and East Thorne. Because of the location, a team of 20 rescuers were required for the recovery, which involved a 500-foot rappel down a couloir.

Photo Courtesy: Summit County Rescue Group

Photo Courtesy: Summit County Rescue Group

Once May's body was reached by the recovery party, it was raised up to the ridge above and lowered 1,500 vertical feet down a scree field toward Willow Lakes over a distance of more than half a mile and a time of four hours. This allowed Flight for Life to pick up the body.

May was utilizing a GPS tracking device at the time he went missing. While this had been reporting his position, the last coordinates were sent while May was descending Mount Silverthrone along a ridge line. This gave the search and rescue team a good idea of where May might be, but finding his location still required an extensive search.

Thanks goes out to Summit County Rescue Group, Flight for Life Colorado, Colorado Search and Rescue Association, and the Summit County Sheriff's Office for their role in finding and recovering May's body.

Condolences go out to the friends and family of Ken May.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside


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Did he fall or did succumb to health issue?

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