American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Colorado—Rocky Mountain National Park, Longs Peak

  • Accident Reports
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  • Publication Year: 1956

Colorado—Rocky Mountain National Park, Long’s Peak (2)—On October 2, Sidney Cohen (27) of Boulder, Colorado, was climbing Long’s Peak via the Cable route when he slipped on ice and fell down the 60-degree slab rock 150 feet, striking a ledge which catapulted him to a snow bank 150 feet below. This man was hiking alone and had ignored the posted warnings which told of the ice and snow conditions on this route and advised people without the proper equipment to take the Keyhole route. Mr. Cohen was wearing shoe pacs. He suffered a possible broken right lower leg and abrasions of legs and abdomen. This rescue required the service of all available rangers plus the services of four Colorado University students and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group.

Source: James V. Lloyd, Superintendent, Rocky Mountain National Park.

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