Teenage climber dies in Clear Creek Canyon

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By Corinne Westeman

An 18-year-old Greenwood Village woman has died after a climbing accident in Clear Creek Canyon on Thursday.

According to the Clear Creek Undersheriff Bruce Snelling, Lauren Guthrie was climbing in the canyon just west of Tunnel 5 and north of Clear Creek, an area locally called the North Cat Slab, with another teenage climber.

Around 2:50 p.m., while Guthrie was rappelling, she fell, according to Snelling. Other climbers witnessed the accident and notified officials. Multiple agencies responded and shut down traffic at both ends of the tunnel.

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