Crews rescue injured Loveland man at national park

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Rangers have rescued a 57-year-old man who fell while mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park and spent 24 hours lying at the base of a glacier before being found.

Park Spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says the Loveland man took a ``tumbling fall'' down Ptarmigan Glacier near Notchtop Couloir at 11 a.m. Monday.

Two backcountry skiers spotted him late Tuesday morning and used a cell phone to call authorities. Patterson says the man was conscious but had suffered ``numerous injuries.''

Patterson says the conditions and terrain prevented a helicopter rescue, so a team of park rangers used a wheeled litter to transport the man to the Bear Lake Trailhead, five miles away.

They started moving him at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and arrived at the trailhead four hours later.

Patterson says the man was then taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.
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