A Fort Carson soldier who recently returned from Iraq fell to his death while rock climbing in a canyon near Colorado Springs.
Lt. Neil Luehring of the Colorado Springs Fire Department said the 18-year-old man and a fellow soldier were climbing without ropes in North Cheyenne Canyon Wednesday when the man apparently lost his grip and plunged 400 feet to his death.
The man's name wasn't released. Fort Carson officials declined to comment on his death until they got more information from authorities.
The man and his 19-year-old companion were near the top of a granite formation called the Pinnacle when the man slipped, fire and police officials said. His friend tried to grab for him and then used his cell phone to call for help.
A passer-by heard the friend's screams and alerted a group of firefighters training in the canyon.