Park Service Says Ice Reported Where Springfield Climber Died

Jason Rima

Photo: Image by Colorado Tourism Office

Park Service Says Ice Reported Where Springfield Climber Died

CREATED Aug. 16, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A 20-year-old climber killed in a fall at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado was a two-time Missouri state tennis champion and a state record-holder.

The National Park Service said Friday that Paul Nahon of Springfield died Thursday after falling about 150 feet on Longs Peak, which reaches more than 14,000 feet.

The park service says the route had ice in several spots at the time. 

The Springfield News-Leader reports Nahon was a 2011 graduate of Glendale High School in Springfield and won state tennis titles in 2010 and 2011.

He also holds the state record for most tennis wins in Missouri high school Class II with an overall record of 117-7.

Glendale won three conference and district championships during Nahon's run.

Nahon recently transferred to Colorado College.

Senator Roy Blunt issued a statement expressing his support for the man's family.

Nahon worked in Blunt's office in Washington over the summer.

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