Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park (1)—On May 30, 1956 Patrick Dwyer (17) fell while climbing on the North Face of Hallett Peak. He fell free for nearly 200 feet, landed on a snow field and slid another 200 feet, stopping against a tree. Hitting the tree prevented him from falling at least another 800 feet and to certain death. Miraculously his injuries were minor; slight concussion, severe scalp wound and multiple bruises and slight shock. Another climbing party witnessed the accident and reported to the Chief Ranger’s Office. A rescue party of rangers, assisted by three Colorado University students, effected a particularly long and arduous rescue, due primarily to the deep snow still on the ground in this area.
Source: George B. Hartzog, Jr., Acting Superintendent, R.M.N.P.