Loveland mountaineer swept off glacier improving
LOVELAND, Colorado ” The condition of a 57-year-old mountaineer blown off of a glacier at Rocky Mountain National Park has been upgraded, two days after he was rescued.
The Medical Center of the Rockies said Thursday that Sterling Jordan of Loveland was in fair condition. He had been in serious condition when first admitted to the hospital on Tuesday.
Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says Jordan suffered numerous injuries when high winds swept him about 50 feet down Ptarmigan Glacier on Monday. Jordan then spent 24 hours in the backcountry before he was found by two backcountry skiers Tuesday morning.
It took nearly another 12 hours for rangers to reach him.
The skiers who discovered Jordan plan to speak about what happened during a press conference Friday at the Park.
There Marco Odermatt was, in the Birds of Prey finish corral following his gutsy super-G run, wondering just how fast he was. As the second skier on course, and the first to finish, the confusion was understandable.