Weather Updates

Famed ice climber Jack Roberts dies of heart attack after 60-foot fall

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — An ice climber who died after falling 60 feet in southwestern Colorado has been identified as Jack Roberts, a nationally known climber who wrote books and numerous articles on the subject.

San Miguel Sheriff Bill Masters told the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel that the 58-year-old Roberts suffered a broken hip in Sunday’s fall and went into cardiac arrest during the rescue.

Members of the San Miguel County Search and Rescue Team spent 40 minutes trying to resuscitate Roberts.

He was climbing on the Bridal Veil Ice Falls east of Telluride in San Miguel County.

Roberts had been a climber for more than 40 years and was well known in the climbing community as a guide and instructor.


© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.