Climber Jack Roberts dies after fall

Climber Jack Roberts dies after fall

Published Jan. 16, 2012 12:00 a.m. ET

A Colorado sheriff says a nationally known climber who wrote books and numerous articles on the subject has died after falling 60 feet during a climb.

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

Roberts had been climbing on the Bridal Veil Ice Falls east of Telluride in San Miguel County. Members of the San Miguel County Search and Rescue Team spent 40 minutes trying to resuscitate him.

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