Canadian Stranded On Longs Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park Rescued

A young Canadian climber who found himself stuck in a precarious perch on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park was safely rescued by rangers.

The man, 19-year-old Samuel Frappier, of Quebec, was taken off the mountain Wednesday afternoon by teams assisted by a rescue helicopter. Frappier and a friend were climbing the 14,259-foot peak Tuesday from the western side of Chasm Lake via Lambs Slide when they separated, park officials said. The young man became stranded on Broadway Ledge as he was descending from the peak's summit.

Rangers reached the climber around 3 p.m. Wednesday, and helped him move to a location near Lambs Slide where he could be "short-hauled" by helicopter off the mountain. In a short-haul operation, a ranger and the rescued climber typically are attached to a line dangling below the helicopter and flown a short distance to a landing point.

More details of the operation, and the whereabouts of Frappier's companion, were not immediately available.