On Monday afternoon, June 8, at approximately 12:45, Rocky Mountain National Park's dispatch center received a call that Rick Grigsby, 62, from Estes Park had fallen in a steep off-trail area between Arch Rock and The Pool on the lower Fern Lake Trail.
Park Search and Rescue Team members described the area as hazardous with steep terrain, loose rock, unstable footing with burned and downed wood from the 2012 Fern Lake Fire. This land slide area had occurred in the spring of 2013. Park team members had difficulty finding stable locations to place anchors to perform the technical lowering of Grigsby down the steep gully.
Grigsby was initially lowered more than 1,000 feet to a high marshy meadow. The second technical lowering took place over an additional 800 feet steep scree area. He was then carried down the trail in a wheeled litter to the Fern Lake Trailhead, reaching the trailhead at 2:30 a.m.
Grigsby was travelling alone and was fortunate to have cell phone coverage in the area he fell. Over 40 Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team members were involved in this incident.
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