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Woman falls to death climbing Telluride’s via ferrata route

Anissa Laverne Larson, of Tucson, was traversing the route with a friend Thursday morning when she apparently slipped and fell

Guided climbers navigate the Telluride via ferrata in the fall of 2017. (Jason Blevins, The Colorado Sun)

TELLURIDE — 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.

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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.”

A guided climber navigates the Telluride via ferrata in the fall of 2017. (Jason Blevins, The Colorado Sun)

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.


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