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Man Found After Search In Rocky Mountain National Park

A 24-year-old man from Florida was found by park staff at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, in the Mill Creek Drainage of Rocky Mountain National Park. The man contacted park rangers via cell phone. He was solo snowshoeing near Flattop Mountain (12,324 feet) when he became disoriented. At that time, he was not asking for assistance but seeking directions and guidance from rangers. Weather conditions this afternoon in the area consisted of sunshine, high winds, blowing snow and temperatures ranging in the mid-20s.

The man continued down from above treeline and remained in contact with park rangers. The man eventually asked for assistance and stopped traveling when darkness fell around 5:15 p.m. He was not prepared to spend the night in the backcountry. Three park staff search teams focused their efforts mainly in the Mill Creek Drainage area. One team followed fresh snowshoe tracks and located the man in thick timber along Mill Creek at approximately 8:45 p.m.

After park rangers assessed his condition they began to snowshoe out with him and are expected to reach the Bear Lake Trailhead at 11:30 p.m.

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