ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Rescuers responding to a report of someone calling for help in the Sandia Mountains Friday afternoon found a climber who apparently died of injuries from a fall.
The man was wearing a helmet and had climbing ropes, according to a New Mexico State Police spokesman.
Late Friday evening authorities identified the man as Carlos Cox, 35, of Albuquerque.
A hiker near the top of La Luz Trail on the west face of the Sandias reported hearing the man's calls about 2:40 p.m. Search and Rescue mobilized at Sandia Crest at the top of the trail, and the crew of the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department helicopter spotted the man in a pile of snow.
State Police reported the man had managed to walk some distance from where he fell and died before rescuers reached him.
While the man had obvious injuries attributed to a fall, the cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Medical Investigator, State Police said.
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