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Woman falls to death climbing Telluride’s via ferrata route

August 6, 2021 GMT

TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say an Arizona woman fell about 200 feet (61 meters) to her death while climbing the via ferrata route in Telluride.

The Telluride Daily Planet reports 53-year-old Anissa Laverne Larson, of Tucson, was traversing the route with a friend Thursday morning when she apparently slipped and fell. The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office says a climber behind Larson on the same ridge heard something alarming, turned and saw the woman below. He immediately called 911.

Rescuers set up a technical rope system to recover the body.

Sheriff Bill Masters says the accident “is a horrible reminder of the dangers inherent to this climb.”

Via ferrata routes allow climbers to scale iron rungs and footholds attached to rock walls. Climbers are secured by carabiner-like clips attached to cables. Investigators have not released any information about how Larson fell.