When he wasn’t working, Kelly McDermott, left, always drove west with two unidentified hikers in an undated photo, his uncle said.
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ASPEN, Colorado – A 32-year-old Madison man died after falling while attempting to climb a notoriously dangerous peak near Aspen, Colorado earlier this week, officials said while three rescuers reached it Wednesday wanted, were injured in an accident “rock avalanche”, which was apparently caused by other climbers.
Kelly McDermott has been reported missing after failing to return from climbing 14,137-foot Capitol Peak on Sunday.
His body was discovered by a search helicopter in a precarious spot about 150 meters below the Knife Edge, a ridge that leads to the final climb to the top of the mountain. Because of the location, it may take some time to recover his body, Pitkin County’s undersheriff Alex Burchetta told the Aspen Times.
McDermott’s uncle Cyril McDermott said the news of his nephew’s death came as a shock to the entire family.
The younger McDermott has worked as a respiratory therapist at UW Health since 2015, said Cyril McDermott, developing COVID-19 while working in the intensive care unit. His case was mild and he was acquitted after a few weeks in isolation.
When Kelly wasn’t working, he drove west and came back with stories, his uncle said.
“He was a very adventurous guy,” he said. “He was always on the move; wasn’t someone who sits around and watches late-night films or the like. “