Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado) is reporting that 1 hiker was killed, and 2 were injured in an avalanche/rockfall event near the Dreamweaver Couloir on Mt. Meeker on May 30th.
The park is warning guests that rapidly changing conditions can occur due to the late season snow.
More details from Rocky Mountain National Park on the incident:
“At 9 a.m. this morning a rock fall and avalanche were reported near the Dreamweaver Couloir on Mt. Meeker. The rock fall and avalanche were witnessed by climbers in the area.
Three individuals were involved in the incident including a female and two males. Due to the location and severity of injuries of one of the males, Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue team members requested assistance from a Colorado National Guard helicopter from Buckley Air Force Base to extricate him via a hoist operation, using a winch operated cable. This occurred at approximately 2 p.m. when there was a brief weather window. Rocky Mountain Rescue assisted with the helicopter hoist operations. 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. The female suffered minor injuries and was flown to Upper Beaver Meadows at 4:15 p.m. where she was transferred by ground to further medical care. Rescue teams worked in terrain above 11,500 feet and at times experienced winter like weather conditions throughout the day.”
Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and family of the deceased. Please stay safe out there, friends.