Rangers don bright new uniforms in backcountry | SummitDaily.com

Rangers don bright new uniforms in backcountry

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK – Rangers who travel the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park now wear high-visibility yellow uniforms, a change prompted by the difficulty of finding a ranger who fell and died in 2005.

Thirty-one-year-old Jeff Christensen was wearing the standard green and gray ranger uniform when he died in a remote part of the park. Officials say his uniform blended in with the terrain and helped hide him from ground and air searchers.

A hiker happened upon Christensen’s body eight days after he disappeared.

Christensen’s parents, Chris and Dale Christensen, raised $5,000 for the new uniforms by making and selling note cards from their son’s photos of the park.

Rangers began wearing them this summer.

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