Kelly McDermott can be seen on the left in this photo. Photo Courtesy: Summit county Rescue Group.

Kelly McDermott can be seen on the left in this photo. Photo Courtesy: Summit county Rescue Group.

A 32-year-old has gone missing in Colorado, last seen at the parking lot used by Capitol Peak hikers on Saturday, July 31. Identified as Kelly McDermott, McDermott had plans to hike to the summit of the 14,130-foot mountain early on Sunday morning, but hasn't been seen since.

McDermott is described as five-foot-eight and 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and grey pants, possibly in a red rain jacket.

Kelly McDermott can be seen on the left in this photo. Photo Courtesy: Summit county Rescue Group.

Kelly McDermott can be seen on the left in this photo. Photo Courtesy: Summit county Rescue Group.

The route to the summit of Capitol Peak is one of the most dangerous standard route climbs among Colorado's 58 fourteeners, rated as class four and stretching 17 miles. It is known for a section dubbed the 'knife edge,' which is an aptly named jagged and narrow stretch of rock with a lot of exposure. Many other dangerous sections exist on the route.

Knife's Edge Capital Peak

The Knife Edge on Capitol Peak. Photo Credit: EntropyWorkshop (iStock).

Stormy weather was present in much of Colorado's mountains last weekend. According to timeanddate.com, a website that archives past weather, Capitol Peak saw thunderstorms on Saturday and rain on Sunday starting around noon.

Being a weekend, it is likely that other people would have been on the route. However, due to the technical nature of the climb, less than 3,000 people attempt to climb Capitol Peak each year. This compares to close to 50,000 that attempted a climb on Quandary Peak, Colorado's most popular fourteener, in 2020. Given the less popular nature of the route coupled with the length of the route and the rainy forecast for later in the day, it's likely that trail traffic was sparse on the day McDermott was planning to make the climb.

According to a post from Summit County Rescue Group, anyone with information that may be potentially help should contact Pitkin County Sheriff's Office at 970-02-5310.

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Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run. He's on a mission to summit all 58 of Colorado's fourteeners and has already climbed more than half.

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(1) comment

Badm0nkey

Its a shame people continue to not think about the search & rescue people before going it alone in dangerous areas. Even a simple SPOT tracking device if you must go it alone would not only limit your risk but those responsible for bailing you out.

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