Fall On Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park Proves Deadly to Rhode Island Man

A 29-year-old Rhode Island man high on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park fell upwards of 300 feet to his death, park officials said Friday.

The man, whose identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin, had been in a group of four hikers, but his companions were not with him at the time he felt Thursday evening, park officials said.

According to a release from the park, the man's body was found Friday morning along the Keyhole Route by “The Trough” and on “The Ledges” at roughly 13,000 feet in elevation. It is believed he fell roughly 250 to 300 feet.

Park rangers were notified Friday at 5:30 a.m. by the hiker who found the man’s body. It is believed the man fell sometime after 7:15 p.m. Thursday, the park's release said.

The victim’s body was flown down to a helispot in the Upper Beaver Meadows area of the park at 1:30 p.m. Friday and then transferred to the Boulder County Coroner.

The victim was in a hiking party with three others, who had stayed behind at their backcountry camping site at the Boulderfield, and were not with him at the time of the accident, the park reported.

Comments

If your a tourist and you think this is a cake walk, think again. If your not use to living in or by the mountains stay away from Long's Peak. You can not physically handle it.

Next thing you know the government is going to require handrails along the route to prevent people from injuring themselves! Sad to hear this person lost their life...but at least he was enjoying some of the most spectacular sights that nature has to offer before he died. Not very many people know how to live life to the fullest! I'm sure he could have been more careful, but things happen even to the most experienced adventurers.