Will 2010 Be the Deadliest Year for Climbers and Hikers in Colorado?

October 2010

James Patrick of Littleton is the latest hiker to lose his life to the challenging Colorado wilderness. The 54-year-old died Saturday after falling about 1,000 feet from Taylor Glacier, an area above Sky Pond, five miles from Bear Lake Trailhead, writes 9News. Patrick, who was holding a rope, left the two other climbers he was with stranded until rescuers arrived.

Patrick's death is the fifth such fatality in the park this year, adding to a spate of tragedies in the rugged wild in recent months, including the case of James Nelson, an experienced hiker from Chicago who could not be found after leaving for a solo, five-day hike around the Mount of the Holy Cross. 

This year may set a record for climbing and hiking deaths, reports RealVail.com.