Updated February 17, 9:49 AM CT
Charlotte Fox - Mountaineer (1956-2018)
'Into Thin Air' Survivor Dies in Apparent Home Accident
Famously chronicled in a near-death, high-altitude rescue in Jon Krakauer’s 1996 best-selling book 'Into Thin Air,' Charlotte Fox has died after an apparent fall in her home.
Friends of the climber, who turned 61 on May 10th, found her on the floor and believe she slipped on the hardwood stairs of her four-story home in Telluride, Colorado.
The coroner report has not been released but the cause of death did not appear to be suspicious. Fox, a native of Greensboro, NC, was the first US woman to climb three 8,000-meter peaks.
She was also the first American woman to reach the summit of Gasherbrum II on the Pakistan-China border.
She has climbed Mt Vinson in Antarctica, Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, and all of Colorado’s peaks over 14,000 feet, A.K.A. "14ers."
Fox worked as a ski patroller in Colorado for 30 years and was actively involved in the Aspen climbing and skiing community from the early 1980s until she moved to Telluride in 2007,” according to the Aspen Times.
Friends were especially dismayed that such an accomplished climber would die from a simple household slip. "It made me think, 'Jeez, it's just so wrong,'" says longtime friend and climbing partner Andrea Cutter. The Everest disaster garnered worldwide attention, which took eight lives.
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