School Copes With Loss

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Students and staff of The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, are coping with the loss of 31-year-old school counselor, Reid Hunt. Hunt died in an ice climbing accident Sunday morning, when he slipped and fell 200 feet near Old Statge Road. School Superintendent Carol Hilty remembers Hunt as a man who touched many lives, before losing his own.

"He was just full of life," said Hilty. "To know Reid, was to know someone who always had a big smile on his face and lots of energy and excitement."

Attributes which Hunt channeled as a counselor, Director of Student Life, and more. But Hilty says, one thing Hunt never did, was feel sorry for himself.

"He happened to be deaf, but he certainly didn't let that get in the way of anything he decided he wanted to do."

Including taking on the outdoors. Hunt loved the mountains and saw nothing but adventure and challenge when he looked to the west, or at life.

"He was a great role model and he will be greatly missed."

Search and rescue crews say both Hunt and his climbing partner, had all the right equipment with them at the time of the accident. However, they say Hunt was not wearing ice cramp-ons when he fell.