Man to spend night on Gabletop Mountain after fall

KUSA - A 31-year-old man will likely spend the night on Gabletop Mountain, above Loomis Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park after falling an unknown distance.

The man used a cell to call park rangers Friday evening. He reported numerous injuries.

Using cell phone GPS coordinates, rangers were able to determine his general location below Gabletop Mountain. A US Forest Service Northern Colorado helicopter used earlier for the body recovery from Longs Peak did surveillance to confirm his exact location.

Since the initial call, park rangers have been in contact with the man periodically through the night via cell phone. He's located in a remote high alpine environment in a steep cirque above Loomis Lake approximately 11,300 feet. Loomis Lake is southwest of Spruce Lake. Friday night, before night fall, a team of four park rangers was flown to Loomis Lake. Equipment was also flown into the general area.

Officials say the man began to descend steep snow slopes toward Loomis Lake, which is helping rangers have a better chance of reaching and assisting him Friday night.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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