1 Climber Dead, While 2 Others Sustained Injuries in Avalanche at Rocky Mountain National Park

On Sunday, a climber was found dead after a rockfall and avalanche at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The avalanche took place around 9 a.m, near the Dreamweaver Couloir on Mount Meeker, as per a statement published by the National Park Service. Three climbers, one woman, and two men, were involved in the incident reported.

NPS reported that emergency responders sought help from a Colorado National Guard helicopter to help one of the male climbers who sustained intense injuries. Later, the climber was flown to Loveland UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies. 

“Rocky Mountain Rescue assisted with the helicopter hoist operations,” the NPS remarked. “The man was flown to Upper Beaver Meadows, transferred to Northern Colorado Med Evac air ambulance and then flown to Medical Center of the Rockies.”

Minor injuries are endured to a female climber. 

The dead body of the second male climber was found by the search teams using a RECCO radar device after 5 p.m. to pinpoint his location.

“Rescue teams worked in terrain above 11,500 feet and experienced winter-like weather conditions throughout the day,” said NPS officials. 

NPS says that they would not announce the names or hometowns of the climbers unless family members were informed of the incident. 

As per Colorado Avalanche Information Center, 17 people have died in the U.S due to avalanches from 2021 to 2022. A minimum of 37 others were killed from 2020 to 2021.