Rocky Mountain National Park personnel rescue stranded climber near Estes Park
January 19, 2009
On Friday, Jan. 16, at 5:30 p.m., Rocky Mountain National Park dispatch was notified about a stranded climber in the Lumpy Ridge area of the Park.
A 17-year-old female from Estes Park was climbing with friends. Another juvenile friend called dispatch via cell phone and reported that the female was 200 feet above the ground and unable to climb up or down. She had no climbing equipment and was wearing a T-shirt and
leggings. The group was unable to specify the exact location.
Park staff asked for assistance from the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department to use spotlights to illuminate the Twin Owls area of Lumpy Ridge to try and locate the climber. She was located on lower Twin Owls, 200 feet up on the route known as Organ Pipes. Park staff arrived above her at 7:10 p.m. They lowered a park rescue person to her location who reached her at 7:25 p.m.
He secured her with climbing equipment and gave her warmer clothing. Park staff lowered them both to the ground, taking approximately 8 minutes. She was able to walk out with park staff and they reached the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead at 9:30 p.m. She was taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center for further evaluation.
Approximately 15 park staff were involved in addition to other agencies including Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department, Estes Park Police Department and Estes Park Medical Center. Park staff feel this was truly a life saving rescue.
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Due to her age, her name will not be released.