Rescue Near Longs Peak In RMNP
A long and challenging rescue came to an end at Rocky Mountain National Park Saturday evening around 11:30 p. m. when rescuers brought Rebecca Stubbs out of the backcountry after a serious fall that morning. Stubbs is a 20 year old student from
Massachusetts who is attending the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Rebecca was in a party of five who left the Longs Peak Trailhead at 4:00 a. m. with the goal of climbing 13,191 foot Mount Meeker. Just before 8:00 a.m. the party put on their crampons to start across a steep icy slope above Peacock Pool in the Chasm Lake area on the just east of Longs Peak. Stubbs fell and slid 200 feet down slope incurring multiple injuries.
Her party activated a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger device alerting the International Emergency Coordination Center in Texas.
Rocky Mountain National Park received a call from the Center shortly afterwards and Park Rangers were sent to the trailhead to hike into Chasm Lake to locate the injured party.
About 10:00 a.m. Rangers came upon two members of the party who confirmed the location and nature of the accident. Additional personnel responded and Park Rangers first arrived on scene around noon. Emergency care was administered to Stubbs and fortunately she never lost consciousness but remained alert and stable throughout the rescue. Personnel from
the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group in Boulder, Larimer Country Search and Rescue, and a paramedic from Estes Park Medical Center arrived to assist on scene.
Rescuers began the arduous task of raising her 200 feet and carefully moving her toward Chasm Junction arriving there around 5:20 p.m. A total of 22 rescuers then began moving Stubbs roughly three miles to the Longs Peak Trailhead arriving around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night.
She was transported to Estes Park Medical Center by ground ambulance for further treatment. Members of the party are experienced backcountry travelers.