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May 1, 2011 2:48 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Colorado woman dies in fall at Grand Canyon

A climbing fatality Thursday afternoon in Grand Canyon National Park was identified today as Barbara Evert, 78, of Englewood.

Park rangers reported that Evert lost her footing and fell 100 to 140 feet. She suffered head wounds and died at the scene, they said.

A commercial river trip guide reported the accident at 1 p.m. Thursday from Colorado River mile 74, after a group of rafters that included Evert took a side trip, hiking up the Tabernacle Route in the vicinity of Upper Rattlesnake, according to a National Park Service release.

The Post could not reach Evert's family Saturday.

However, members of the family told 9News that Evert was an avid climber and the former director of the Colorado Mountain Club climbing school in Golden.

Evert reportedly also had been a teacher at Englewood High School.

Rangers responded to the report of her fall by helicopter. Evert's body was taken to the Coconino County medical examiner. An investigation into the accident is ongoing, according to the National Park Service.

Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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