Missing hiker found at 6:30 a.m. in Rocky Mountain National Park
July 9, 2009
On Wednesday, a 71-year-old woman, from Boulder and her husband were hiking in the Chapin, Chiquita, Ypsilon area of Rocky Mountain National Park. They summitted Ypsilon mountain (13,514 feet). The woman started down from the summit before her husband. They were separated. Her husand notified park staff at 4 p.m.
Two hasty teams of park rangers (four rangers) headed out from the Chapin Pass Trailhead at approximately 7 p.m. last night to search for her and also to conduct containment.
The rangers camped out in the backcountry Wednesday night. The woman walked out from the Chapin Pass Trailhead at 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning on her own. A ranger was parked there and drove her back to Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. She did not need any medical attention and left with her husband. Temperatures were mild last night and there was no precipitation in the area.