Falling rock in Rocky Mountain National Park seriously injured climber
November 3, 2017
A climber on the Martha's Couloir route on Mount Lady Washington in Rocky Mountain National Park experienced life threatening injuries last weekend when she was struck by a dislodged rock, according to information released Friday by park officials.
Megan Kies, 31, of Lafayette was accompanied by a climbing partner and roped in when the incident occurred, Oct. 29, on the mountain, which is a popular mixed rock, snow and ice climb in the Chasm Cirque.
Two nearby climbers assisted Kies's partner in providing aid, and a bystander provided information on her condition and location to park staff, according to officials.
The park’s search and rescue team arrived on scene at 2 about p.m. and, with the assistance of bystanders, lowered Kies approximately 240 feet to the base, with another 100 feet to a location on the scree slope above Chasm Lake.
Due to Kies's location and severity of injuries, according to officials, park rangers requested assistance from a Colorado National Guard helicopter to extricate her via a hoist operation, using a winch operated cable.
A Flight for Life air ambulance landed in Chasm Meadow and transported Kies to St. Anthony's in Denver. Upon arrival as was listed in critical condition, according to officials.
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Rocky Mountain Rescue also assisted the park's search and rescue team during the incident.