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Dr. Garon Coriz had built an anchor and was beginning to rappel down the rock face – something he had probably done 1,000 times before, says his climbing partner that day – when the unexpected happened.
Coriz, an experienced rock climber who traveled the globe for the sport, fell to his death in the Sandia Mountains on July 13.
The 33-year-old family medicine doctor and graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine had recently moved back to New Mexico from Utah to work at a clinic on Kewa Pueblo. The tribal member grew up on the pueblo and graduated from Albuquerque Academy.