Martin Pigeon, Canadian Climber, Falls To Death On Windom Peak In Colorado

07/11/2012 09:42 am ET | Updated Jul 12, 2012


DURANGO, Colo. -- 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 (mahr-TEHN pee-ZHOHN) 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 (mar-COO EEV), 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.

CORRECTION: In a story July 10 about the death of a climber in the southwestern Colorado mountains, The Associated Press, relying on information from the La Plata County Sheriff's Department, erroneously reported the name of a second climber who was not injured. His name is Yves Marcoux, not Marcoux Yves.