Rhode Island man falls to his death on Longs Peak
July 17, 2010
A 29-year-old Rhode Island man apparently fell to his death on the Keyhole Route of Longs Peak late Thursday, according to Rocky Mountain National Park officials.
The man’s body was found by another hiker Friday morning near “The Trough” and on “The Ledges” at roughly 13,000 feet in elevation. It is believed he fell roughly 250 to 300 feet. Hikers on the mountain Friday reported intense winds above treeline, though it is not known whether that is a contributing factor in the man’s death.
A park trail crew, who were camping near the Boulderfield, were the first park staff on scene at 9:30 a.m. Friday
Park rangers were flown to the Boulderfield by the interagency United States Forest Service/National Park Service helicopter from Bridger-Teton
National Forest and Grand Teton National Park, staged in the park for the Cow Creek Fire. They hiked to the scene and reached the man at 11:02 a.m.
The victim’s body was flown to a helispot in the Upper Beaver Meadows area of the park at 1:30 p.m. His body was then transferred to the Boulder
The victim was in a hiking party with three others. They had stayed behind at their backcountry camping site at the Boulderfield, and were not
with him at the time of the accident.
The popular route up the 14,259-foot mountain was closed at least part of the day on Friday, according to published reports.