Updated – Rescue on Longs Peak
At approximately 2:00 p.m. today in Rocky Mountain National Park, park rangers were notified by cellular phone that a 28 year-old male from Fraser, Colorado, took a reported 150 foot fall south and west of The Narrows on Longs Peak. This is on the very northern end of the Keyboard of The Winds. A ranger was flown to the summit of Longs Peak by a helicopter that was assisting with operations in the Cow Creek Fire. The ranger hiked down to the man, reaching him at 4:07 p.m. The man was conscious and in stable condition with numerous injuries.
Park rangers utilized a short-haul helicopter and team from Grand Teton National Park serving as a resource assigned to the Cow Creek Fire. This team is assigned to the fire in the event a firefighter is injured and needs to be evacuated from the remote area of the fire. At 7:00 p.m. a line was attached from the helicopter to an attendant. The patient and attendant were flown via short-haul from the patient’s location to the Boulderfield on Longs Peak at 7:05 p.m. Flight for Life then picked up the patient at the Boulderfield and flew the patient to St. Anthony’s Hospital.
There were approximately 30 rescuers involved in this incident, including members from Rocky Mountain Rescue in case assistance was needed for a ground evacuation.
During the rescue operations there was light to heavy rains and light winds below treeline. Above treeline it was relatively clear.The RMNP ranger is in yellow and the patient is in the red bag.The Keyhole Route to the summit of Longs Peak is currently considered “technical,” which means there is still snow along portions of the hiking route. Current photos and conditions of Longs Peak are on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/romo.