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Falling Fatality on Longs Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park

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Date: August 15, 2013
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

Park rangers received a 911 call shortly after 8:00 a.m. this morning reporting that a 20 year old male fell roughly 150 feet from The Narrows on the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak. Initial reports from bystanders indicated the man suffered multiple traumatic injuries. An off-duty park volunteer was in the area with a radio. He and his climbing party descended to the patient. The man survived the fall but later succumbed to his injuries. The group performed CPR but the man perished.       

Park rangers began efforts to recover the man's body using a helicopter. Due to high winds the recovery operation was unable to take place this afternoon. Recovery efforts will take place tomorrow, weather permitting. The man's body will be transferred to the Boulder County Coroner's office. Sections of the Keyhole Route may be temporarily closed during air operations.       

The man is from Springfield, Missouri. His name will be released when next of kin are notified.       

Ice was present along several locations on the Keyhole Route at the time of the incident. 

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a photo of author William Allen White

Author William Allen White, the editor of the Emporia Gazette in Kansas, won a 1922 Pulitzer Prize for his editorial “To an Anxious Friend.” His vacation cabin sits near the Moraine Park Visitor Center.