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Jul 11, 2012 5:11 AM by Kate Richards

Canadian climber killed in Colorado

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - The body of a Canadian climber has been recovered from a southwest Colorado mountain after he fell to his death in a rain and hail storm.

The La Plata County Sheriff's Department says a helicopter crew retrieved the body of 45-year-old Martin Pigeon of Acton-Vale, Quebec, on Tuesday.

Authorities say Pigeon fell about 230 feet on the 14,082-foot Windom Peak on Sunday. He and his climbing partner, Marcoux Yves, also from Quebec, were descending the mountain but had become separated in the storm at about 4 p.m.

When Yves reached their camp, Pigeon was not there. Yves found Pigeon's body at the base of a cliff at about 8:30 p.m.

Other climbers had contacted authorities by a satellite texting device.

Bad weather prevented the recovery of Pigeon's body until Tuesday morning.

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