Man rescued after being blown off glacier in Rocky Mountain National Park
May 12, 2009
A 57-year-old man went through a harrowing ordeal this week in Rocky Mountain National Park after falling off a glacier.
Sterling Jordan of Loveland was discovered by two backcountry skiers on Tuesday morning at the base of Ptarmigan Glacier near Notchtop Couloir where he had been laying for 24 hours.
The man fell while mountaineering on Monday morning. Jordan believed high winds caused his fall.
He believes he fell 50 feet.
A team of rescuers reached him Tuesday afternoon. He was badly injured, but conscious.
The man was found at 11,000 feet. Winds were blowing at 75 miles per hour and it was impossible for a helicopter to reach him. Rescuers had to carry him out, which took hours.
He was taken to Estes Park Medical Center and later transferred to Medical Center of the Rockies.
Jordan was alone and had not been reported overdue.
The two skiers saw the victim from a distance, but initially assumed he was part of the rocky terrain until they got closer.
The two men moved the victim from the avalanche prone terrain. They have rendered aid to the victim by giving him warm clothing, fluids and food.
They continued to stay with the victim and likely saved his life.