At approximately 11:30 a.m. today, Saturday, October 16, two climbers reported that a third man who was climbing with them fell on Taylor Glacier in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park rangers were contacted by cell phone of the incident. Park rangers reached the manís body at 4:45 p.m. The 54-year-old Colorado man took an approximate 350 foot tumbling fall.
The man who fell had the groupís rope, leaving the other two climbers stranded near the top of Taylor Glacier just below the ridgeline between Taylor Peak and Powell Peak. Those two climbers were able to anchor themselves in place until help arrived. Two rangers reached the ridgeline above the climbers around 4:15 p.m. and were able to belay the two between 50 to 100 feet up to their location. The rangers provided assistance to the climbers and are hiking out with them tonight.
A helicopter flew in supplies to the two park rangers who will remain in the area of the manís body tonight. The area is steep and treacherous in a talus area with loose rocks, ice and snow. Park rangers have been assisted by Larimer County Search and Rescue and Rocky Mountain Rescue.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. Weather and resources permitting, the victimís body will be recovered tomorrow. His body will then be transferred to the Larimer County Coroner. The manís name will not be released until next of kin are notified.
Taylor Glacier is above Sky Pond and sits between Taylor Peak and Powell Peak. Sky Pond is approximately 5 miles from the Bear Lake Trailhead. This is the fifth falling fatality in Rocky Mountain National Park this year.