Man, woman injured while hiking in Ptarmigan Fingers area in Rocky Mountain National Park

A man and woman were injured while hiking in the Ptarmigan Fingers area above Odessa Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park Sunday.

Sometime in the afternoon, park rangers were notified that a Boulder man, 61, was injured during a “significant tumbling fall” on a snow couloir. Park rangers later determined that a Boulder woman, 59, was also injured from a fall in the same area.

Bystanders heard the woman’s cries for help and used their satellite communication devices to contact park rangers, RMNP officials said in a release Monday.

A Northern Colorado Med Evac air ambulance circled the area to help determine the man’s exact location. Due the man’s whereabouts and his injuries, park rangers requested the help of a Colorado National Guard helicopter to help hoist the man to safety.


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