Rangers airlift injured hiker out of Rocky Mountain National Park
August 9, 2009
At 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, Ranganathan Chitoor Parameswaran was in stable condition and was flown from near the summit of Mount Ida in Rocky Mountain National Park by St. Anthony’s Lifeguard One to St. Anthony Central.
The airlift followed the effort by a litter team that began hiking toward the injured Lakewood man and his group, who spent Saturday night below the summit of Mount Ida.
The litter team reached the injured man at 9:20 a.m. Sunday The group set up a low-angle technical rescue to bring the patient 200 feet up toward the summit of Mount Ida to a helicopter landing zone.
The 32 year old injured man was with a hiking group of 11 people based out of Denver. Their intent was not to summit Mount Ida but to descend into the Gorge Lakes area, which is a steep descent. The accident occurred during the descent.
At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, the Grand County Sheriff’s Department received a 9-1-1 call and passed the information on to Rocky Mountain National Park dispatch. A 32-year-old male had a 20 foot tumbling, sliding fall near the summit of Mount Ida. He suffered a broken leg and cuts and bruises. Two rangers reached the patient at 5:25 p.m. He was located a few hundred feet below the ridgeline of Mount Ida in loose rock and scree.
Five rangers stayed with the injured man overnight Saturday in addition to a member of the hiking group .
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Mount Ida (12,880 feet) is about 4.5 miles from the Milner Pass Trailhead off of Trail Ridge Road. The elevation gain from the trailhead is 2,130