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Nampa man dies in weekend mountain-biking accident on Brundage Mountain trail

A 57-year-old Nampa man died Saturday in a mountain biking accident on Brundage Mountain near McCall.

On Monday, Leo Nill’s friends set up a GoFundMe page with a $5,000 goal to help Nill’s family handle expenses. By Tuesday afternoon the page had raised $705 from 16 people.

“Saturday, we lost a great friend, son, father, grandfather and uncle to an accident,” the GoFundMe page states. “Leo was the kind of friend who would give you the shirt off his back. He tirelessly participated in many outdoors type activities.

“When things got tough, Leo would figure out a way and make it happen, all while maintaining that smile he always seemed to have. He had a passion and zeal for life that was contagious and left everyone around him better than he found them. He will be missed by many friends and family members.”

Mike Mauden, a friend who was among the group biking with Nill on Saturday, said the forks on Nill’s bike came apart when he jumped over a rock on the Elk Trail, causing the fatal crash. Mauden said the emergency response at Brundage was excellent.

Brundage Mountain spokeswoman Amy Whitney said the death Saturday was the first mountain biking-related fatality at the resort, which has offered lift-served mountain biking in the summers since the early 1990s.

“Brundage Mountain extends our deepest sympathy to the friends and family of the victim over this tragic loss,” Whitney said.

In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said the accident, which took place shortly after 4 p.m., remains under investigation. The office confirmed that Nill was the rider who died on the mountain but did not release other details.

Brundage offers a skills park at the base of the mountain for novice mountain bike riders and 20 miles of hand-built, single-track downhill trails extending from the mountain’s 7,640-foot summit. The upper terrain is accessible through a 12-minute ride on the BlueBird Quad lift.

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