A 24-year-old man from Florida was found last Thursday night by park staff in the Mill Creek Drainage of Rocky Mountain National Park.
The man had contacted rangers via cell phone early that afternoon, at around 2:30 p.m., reporting that he’d become disoriented while snowshoeing by himself near Flattop Mountain. At that time he was not asking for assistance, but seeking directions and guidance from rangers. Weather conditions consisted of sunshine, high winds, blowing snow and temperatures ranging in the mid-20s.
The man continued down from above tree line, remaining in contact with rangers. When it became dark, he stopped moving and asked for assistance, as he was not prepared to spend the night in the backcountry.
Three park search teams began looking for him, focusing their efforts mainly in the Mill Creek Drainage. One team followed fresh snowshoe tracks and located the man in thick timber along Mill Creek at approximately 8:45 p.m.
Rangers assessed his condition and then snowshoed out with him.