Police ID sufferer of deadly climbing accident on Mount Olympus

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, May 22, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) – United Police officers have identified the man who suffered a fatal fall while preparing to climb Mount Olympus on Saturday morning.

“Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of 54-year-old James Roache,” read the UPD tweet.

“Mr. Roache died this morning from injuries sustained in a 100-foot fall on Mount Olympus. He and a friend were preparing for a via ferrata when James slipped off the ledge and fell.”

Authorities were informed of a fallen climber at 9 a.m. on Saturday, said Detective Ken Hansen, Unified Police Department.

“He and his friend went climbing on the west face of Mount Olympus,” said Hansen. “They were about halfway up. As a climber was preparing to put on his gear, he fell and landed in a crevasse. It was a major fall and his head landed on a rock. It was all rock. “

Search parties were deployed by helicopters from Life Flight and the Public Safety Department and confirmed that the victim had died. They flew his male climbing partner as it was obvious the victim would take some time to recover, Hansen said.

The victim, now identified as Roache, died of head injuries, Hansen told Gephardt Daily.

“It’s just a tragic accident,” said Hansen.

Roache’s body was the second to be recovered from the mountains of northern Utah last day. The first was that of 31-year-old Brent Rane, whose remains were found Friday morning after failing to return from a hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Thursday.

Gephardt Daily will provide more information as it becomes available.

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