Injured hiker being rescued in Rocky Mountain National Park
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colorado ” Crews are working to rescue a 57-year-old man who fell while mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park and spent 24 hours lying at the base of Ptarmigan Glacier.
Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says the Loveland man took a “tumbling fall” from an unknown distance at 11 a.m. Monday, about 5 miles from the Bear Lake Trailhead.
Two backcountry skiers spotted him at about 11 a.m. Tuesday and used a cell phone to call park dispatch. Patterson says the man was conscious but had suffered “numerous injuries.”
She says two rangers reached him at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and more are on the way. She says a helicopter can’t get to the man because of conditions and terrain, so crews will carry him out on a stretcher.
Patterson says the man was alone and wasn’t reported overdue. His name hasn’t been released.
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