Climber Stranded On Lumpy Ridge Rescued
On Friday evening, January 16, at 5:30 p.m., park dispatch were notified
about a stranded climber in the Lumpy Ridge area of Rocky Mountain National
Park. A seventeen-year-old female from Estes Park, Colorado, was climbing
with friends. Another juvenile friend called dispatch via cell phone and
reported that the female was 200 feet above the ground and unable to climb
up or down. She had no climbing equipment and was wearing a t-shirt and
leggings. The group was unable to specify the exact location.
Park staff asked for assistance from the Estes Park Volunteer Fire
Department to use spotlights to illuminate the Twin Owls area of Lumpy
Ridge to try and locate the climber. She was located on lower Twin Owls,
200 feet up on the route known as Organ Pipes. Park staff arrived above
her at 7:10 p.m. They lowered a park rescue person to her location who
reached her at 7:25 p.m.. He secured her with climbing equipment and gave
her warmer clothing. Park staff lowered them both to the ground, taking
approximately 8 minutes. She was able to walk out with park staff and
they reached the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead at 9:30 p.m. She was taken by
ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center for further evaluation.
Approximately 15 park staff were involved in addition to other agencies
including Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department, Estes Park Police
Department and Estes Park Medical Center. Park staff feel this was truly a
life saving rescue.
Due to her age, her name will not be released.