Dramatic rescue of Fraser man on Longs Peak
July 2, 2010
A 28- year-old Fraser man fell about 150 foot south and west of The Narrows on Longs Peak Thursday, according to a cell phone call received by Rocky Mountain National Park at about 2 p.m. July 1. The fall occurred on the northern end of the Keyboard of The Winds.
The man’s name has not been released at this time.
A ranger was flown to the summit of Longs Peak by a helicopter that was assisting with operations in the Cow Creek Fire. The ranger hiked down to the man, reaching him at 4:07 p.m. The man was conscious and in stable condition with numerous injuries, according to Park personnel.
Park rangers utilized a short-haul helicopter and team from Grand Teton National Park that was in the area to help battle the Cow Creek Fire. This team is assigned to the fire in the event a firefighter is injured and needs to be evacuated from the remote area of the fire.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, a line was attached from the helicopter to an attendant. The patient and attendant were flown via short-haul from the patient’s location to the Boulderfield on Longs Peak at 7:05 p.m. Flight for Life then picked up the patient at the Boulderfield and flew the patient to St. Anthony’s Hospital.
There were approximately 30 rescuers involved in this incident, including members from Rocky Mountain Rescue in case assistance was needed for a ground evacuation.
Light to heavy rains fell during the rescue operation with light winds below treeline. Above treeline it was relatively clear.
The Keyhole Route to the summit of Longs Peak is currently considered “technical,” which means there is still snow along portions of the hiking route.