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Falling Fatality on Longs Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park


Park rangers received a 911 call shortly after 8:00 a.m. Thursday, August 15 reporting that a 24 year old male fell roughly 150 feet from The Narrows on the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak. Initial reports from bystanders indicated the man suffered multiple traumatic injuries. An off-duty park volunteer was in the area with a radio. He and his climbing party descended to the patient. The man survived the fall but later succumbed to his injuries.

Park rangers began efforts to recover the man’s body using a helicopter. Due to high winds the recovery operation was unable to take place this afternoon. Recovery efforts will take place tomorrow, weather permitting. The man’s body will be transferred to the Boulder County Coroner’s office. Sections of the Keyhole Route may be temporarily closed during air operations.

The man is from Springfield, Missouri.

Ice was present along several locations along the Keyhole Route at the time of the incident.

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