Incident Above The Loch In Rocky Mountain National Park

Rescue Incident On Thatchtop Above The Loch in RMNP March 31 - Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team members assist fallen climber.

Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park

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News Release Date: March 31, 2015

Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

At 11:15 a.m. today, Tuesday, March 31, park rangers were notified via a 911 cell phone call of an incident above the Loch in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was later determined that a 28-year-old female, Janet Heung from Boulder, Colorado, reportedly took an 80 to 100 foot roped fall near or on a climbing route called Deep Freeze. She was with a climbing partner. She was located in steep scree roughly 500 feet above The Loch on Thatchtop Mountain. The Loch is 3 miles from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead.

Park rangers reached the woman at 2:30 p.m. She received numerous injuries and was conscious. Rangers lowered Heung down a steep scree slope to The Loch where an air ambulance was able to land on the frozen lake. At a little after 7:00 p.m. Flight for Life transported her to St. Anthony's Hospital. A total of eighteen rescue personnel reached the Glacier Gorge Trailhead at approximately 8:00 p.m.  

Fortunately, weather conditions and the location were conducive for assistance from a helicopter. Otherwise, it would have been an even lengthier rescue operation. Teams of Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue personnel were assisted by Larimer County Search and Rescue and Rocky Mountain Rescue.

Last updated: April 1, 2015

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