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Fatality Near Emerald Lake In Rocky Mountain National Park

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Date: June 8, 2008
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

A sixty-six year old man from Fort Collins was killed in a fall above Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, on Saturday June 7. Witnesses watched the man take a tumble fall at least 500 feet on a steep snow slope above the western edge of Emerald Lake. A witness called the park at 3:00 p.m. from a cell phone. When witnesses reached the man at 3:15 the victim had suffered massive trauma, had no pulse and appeared to have died during the fall. Park rangers arrived on scene at 5:05 p.m.

The accident occurred approximately 2.5 miles from the Bear Lake Trailhead. The man’s identity was confirmed at 8:00 p.m. when rangers were able to access his identification from his vehicle. Rangers reached the trailhead with the victim’s body at 10:00 p.m. The man was mountaineering in the area and was wearing crampons and a helmet. His name will not be released until next of kin are notified.

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There are accessible trails which are good choices for visitors interested in adjusting to the park's higher elevations, groups that include young children, visitors with visual impairment and anyone who finds walking on level, relatively smooth paths attractive.