Climber dies in avalanche on east side of Rocky Mountain National Park
Three climbers involved, body of deceased located yesterday evening
Update, 8 a.m Sunday:.
Rocky Mountain National Park reported Sunday that at approximately 5:15 p.m. searchers using a RECCO radar device and probing in avalanche debris located a man’s body in an avalanche reported earlier in the day. The recovery operation was delayed due to winter weather conditions. The ages and hometowns of the three individuals were being withheld until family members were notified.
Update, 4:15 p.m. Saturday:
Rocky Mountain National Park reported this morning that one woman and two men were involved in an avalanche in Dreamweaver Couloir on Mount Meeker at around 9 a.m.
The woman suffered minor injuries and is still on scene. Due to the location and severity of injuries of one of the men, park search and rescue team members requested assistance from a Colorado National Guard helicopter from Buckley Air Force Base to extricate him via a hoist operation, using a winch operated cable, at 2 p.m., during a brief weather window.
Rocky Mountain Rescue assisted with the helicopter hoist operations. The man was flown to Upper Beaver Meadows, transferred to Northern Colorado Med Evac air ambulance and then flown to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. Rescue teams are working in terrain above 11,500 feet and are experiencing winter like weather conditions.
A search is continuing for the second male who is still missing in the area where the avalanche occurred.
Several agencies are assisting the search and rescue team, including Colorado Search and Rescue Association, Flight for Life, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Front Range Rescue Dogs, Colorado National Guard and Med Evac.
We will continue to update this story as more details emerge.
Search and Rescue teams are en route to Dreamweaver Couloir on Mount Meeker on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park after climbers witnessed rockfall and an avalanche in the couloir, where others were climbing.
Dreamweaver is a Grade III mixed rock-and-ice route that starts about 500 feet below and left of Flying Buttress on a Grade II snow field. The field eventually steepens and narrows after about 500 or 600 feet, right at the base of Flying Buttress.
Multiple other agencies are assisting in the response. A temporary flight restoration is in place, with Upper Beaver Meadows Road closed in case of potential air operations.
The rock fall and avalanche were first reported at 9 a.m., by other climbers in the area.
No other information about the condition of the three climbers is available at this time.
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