Rescue Incident at Rocky Mountain National Park
Information Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park
At 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon park rangers were notified by cell phone that a 55-year old male from Chicago, Illinois, took a significant tumbling/sliding fall reported to be approximately 900 feet while backcountry skiing near the east face of Flattop Mountain on “The Drift.” He was skiing with two others.
Rangers left the Bear Lake Trailhead at approximately 2:00 p.m. and reached the man around 3:00 p.m. The man had numerous injuries. The rescue took place at roughly 10,600 feet. There were 11 park staff including two park medics on scene at the incident. Rescuers began coming down the slope and snowpacked trail with the man in a sled type litter at 4:50 p.m.
Rescuers faced extremely cold temperatures, high winds and white out conditions during this rescue. Nine members of Larimer County Search and Rescue headed up the trailhead late afternoon to assist the group coming down to the trailhead.
Rescuers reached the Bear Lake Trailhead at 6:30 p.m. with the patient who was taken to Estes Park Medical Center by ambulance and flown to Medical Center of the Rockies. His name was not released.