Texas man dies in Aasgard Pass Fall

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Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a 60-year-old Dallas, Texas man was killed Thursday in a climbing accident while descending Aasgard Pass about 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth.

The Sheriff identified the victim as Robert Jake Colburn.

RiverCom Dispatch received a 911 call from Colburn’s son at about 11 pm Thursday reporting his dad had not returned to camp after climbing the mountain. Colburn was last seen around 3:00pm as he was descending Aasgard on his way back to camp.

A team of Chelan County Mountain Rescuer team members were transported to the area by the sheriff’s helicopter. They located Coburn on the pass at about the 7,300-elevation level. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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photo provided by Chelan County Mountain Rescue Association

Rescue personnel reported that it appeared Colburn had slipped and fallen several hundred feet. The victim was hoisted from the scene and transported to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery. Also assisting in the rescue were members of Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.