Charlotte Fox climbed some of the highest peaks in the world, including the daunting Mount Everest. In 1996, she was on an Everest expedition that ran into a severe blizzard on their way down. Eight climbers lost their lives that day, but Fox survived.

According to the Washington Post, Fox was the first American woman to summit three mountains at 8-thousand meters or higher. Other than Everest, Fox climbed Gasherbrum II in Pakistan and Cho Oyu. She most recently climbed Baruntse, a 7-thousand plus mountain.

In late May of this year, the 61-year-old Fox was found unresponsive in her home in Telluride. Just this week, the San Miguel County Coroner Emile Sante stated that Fox died from severe cranial fractures due to a fall of about three stories inside her home. According to the Coloradoan, Sante said that her residence "was a very vertical house" with a stairway in the middle. The house was about four stories high. Sante also said that "alcohol contributed to her death".

According to the Coloradoan, Fox spent most of her time in Aspen and was involved in the climbing and skiing scene from the 80's until her move to Telluride in 2007.