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Incident On Taylor Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park

Hoist operation on Taylor Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park
Hoist operation on Taylor Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park

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News Release Date: May 23, 2023

Contact: Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer

Contact: Park Information Office, (970) 586-1206

On Sunday afternoon, May 21, park rangers were notified via a satellite communication device that a 37-year-old male climber from Fort Collins, Colorado, had been injured in an approximate 30-foot roped fall in a mixed route on Taylor Peak.     

Northern Colorado Med Evac air ambulance assisted Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue team members with air reconnaissance to determine the man’s exact location. Because of the location and injuries of the climber, the park requested assistance from a Colorado National Guard helicopter from Buckley Air Force Base to extricate the man via a hoist operation, using a winch operated cable. Rocky Mountain Rescue assisted with the helicopter hoist operations. This occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday night. The man was flown to Upper Beaver Meadows and transferred to a ground ambulance to Estes Park Health.          

No further information is available at this time.

Last updated: May 26, 2023

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