Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Man Killed, Partner Injured In Avalanche on Ypsilon Mountain

Rocky Mountain National Park Rangers began a search yesterday morning for two overdue climbers who were caught in an avalanche on Sunday evening while descending from the north side of Blitzen Ridge on 13,514-foot Ypsilon Mountain. One of them, a 45-year-old woman, was found in mid-afternoon in the upper Fay Lakes basin about six miles from the Lawn Lake trailhead. She’d suffered numerous injuries and was treated and evacuated by rangers. Efforts are continuing to find the body of her 43-year-old male partner.

Blitzen Ridge on Ypsilon Mountain is a challenging mountaineering route that includes sections of technical rock, often made more difficult by winter conditions. The avalanche danger in the area has been higher than normal since Saturday due to snow and high winds

Media reports are identifying the injured woman as Lisa Foster, a park service biology technician, and the author of Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Hiking Guide.


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