Thunderstorm likely killed climber

By on September 8, 2013

Overview 2Overview 1JACKSON HOLE, WYO - A Colorado man plunged to his death Friday in Garnet Canyon while searching for shelter from a severe thunderstorm. Edward Tom, 40, of Boulder, Colorado was pronounced dead at the scene from trauma associated with a 100-foot fall.

Tom was to spend the night with a climbing partner Friday in an area known as the Petzold Caves before climbing the Grand on Saturday. Tom was scouting a campsite location Friday shortly after heavy rainfall and hail. He fell from a cliff band.

Dispatch received several 911 calls from area witnesses around 6 p.m. Friday. Two physicians were among bystanders who quickly rappelled to Tom and began emergency medical care. Rangers flew to the scene and arrived just after 7 p.m. CPR efforts were unsuccessful.

Tom’s body was left until the next morning when rangers had better light and weather. His body was turned over to the county coroner at 11:40 a.m.


About Jake Nichols

Jake is a wedding DJ. He also blabs on the radio at 103.7 FM The Range weekday mornings. He does other things besides write. In fact, it is probably readily apparent that journalism is not his forte. He already knows this so when blogging things like: "8th grade writing level" and "immature reporting" these are not considered insults. In some cases, they read like encouragement.

One Comment

  1. CatsandDogs

    September 9, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Jake, it’s good to hear you now have a professional to shine up the morning show. Perhaps he could work on headlines related to climbing accidents – he’s qualified.

    What does the headline mean by a “Thunderstorm likely killed climber”? He was struck by lightning?

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