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Hiker Rescued in Rocky Mountain National Park

The 21-year-old man was evacuated after falling near Thatchtop Mountain.

by: Abbey Dufoe

image: Matt Malone/Flickr
image: Matt Malone/Flickr

Rocky Mountain National Park's busy rescue season continued Sunday when crews retrieved a hiker injured in a fall near the Continental Divide.  

The 21-year-old, whose name has not been released, was hiking in the Thatchtop Mountain area of the park when he stumbled, reports the Denver Post. The hiker was unable to navigate back to the trail and activated his GPS locator beacon to alert help.

Rescue crews located the man 1,500 feet above Sky Pond in a steep, rocky area. Due to the treacherous conditions, helicopters could not be used.  Search personnel evacuated the victim 4.5 miles to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead.

The man was taken to the hospital by family members, and no further information on his condition has been released.

Read more: Denver Post


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