A Colorado mountain climber was found dead — seated at the summit of one of Bolivia’s highest peaks — after suffering a fatal respiratory issue, family and rescue crews say.
Daniel Granberg, 24, of Montrose died Friday, the second day of his trek on the famed Illimani mountain while accompanied by two guides along one of its longest and most difficult trails.
“We found Daniel lifeless, seated at the summit. His lungs did not hold out; he couldn’t get up to continue,” said Sergio Condori Vallejos, a mountain guide who works with Bolivian Andean Rescue and who led a two-day recovery effort that ended Sunday.
The guides who had joined Granberg on the trek sought help from rescuers when he suffered the medical emergency. It took two days to recover the US climber’s body.
Granberg’s mom, Jean Granberg, said her son’s cause of death was high-altitude pulmonary distress.