August 12, 2017
Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363
General Park Information, (970) 586-1206
This morning, park rangers received a report of an overdue party on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. Family members indicated that Steve Elliott, 60, from Rockwell, Texas was overdue from the Longs Peak area. He began early yesterday with plans to summit Longs Peak on the Clark’s Arrow/Loft Route and descend via the Keyhole Route. Weather conditions were stormy yesterday morning with reported areas of ice on a variety of routes.
Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue team members are searching along the Keyhole Route in addition to the Chasm Lake area, Clark’s Arrow/Loft Route and Glacier Gorge. Weather in the area is quickly deteriorating, with numerous lighting strikes, hail, rain and snow mix. Flight for Life and Northern Colorado Medivac has aided with aerial search efforts along the Keyhole Route. Park searchers are also contacting numerous park visitors who are in the area as well.
Park rangers are asking for anyone who may have been in the Longs Peak area yesterday, Friday, August 11, to call the park dispatch center at (970) 586-1204.