Thursday, April 2, 2015

Climber Suffers Multiple Injuries In Fall

At 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, park rangers were notified via a 911 cell phone call of an incident above the Loch in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was later determined that a 28-year-old female from Boulder, Colorado, reportedly took an 80 to 100 foot roped fall near or on a climbing route called Deep Freeze. She was with a climbing partner. She was located in steep scree roughly 500 feet above The Loch on Thatchtop Mountain. The Loch is located 3 miles from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead.

Park rangers reached the woman at 2:30 p.m. She received numerous injuries and was conscious. Rangers lowered her down a steep scree slope to The Loch where an air ambulance was able to land on the frozen lake. At a little after 7:00 p.m. Flight for Life transported her to St. Anthony's Hospital. A total of eighteen rescue personnel reached the Glacier Gorge Trailhead at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Fortunately, weather conditions and the location of the incident were conducive for assistance from a helicopter. Otherwise, it would have been an even lengthier rescue operation. Teams of Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue personnel were assisted by Larimer County Search and Rescue and Rocky Mountain Rescue.


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