Hiker with broken leg rescued from Mount Ida
August 9, 2009
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. – A hiker forced to spend the night on Mount Ida after breaking his leg in a fall was rescued by helicopter Sunday.
Ranganathan Chitoor Parameswaran, 32, was flown to St. Anthony Central and was in stable condition, said Kyle Patterson, spokeswoman for Rocky Mountain National Park.
Parameswaran, an Indian citizen who lives in Lakewood, fell Saturday while on a hike with 11 people from Denver. They were making a steep descent to the Gorges Lakes area when Parameswaran tumbled and slid about 20 feet, Patterson said.
A 911 call was made, and two rangers found Parameswaran a few hundred feet below the mountain’s ridgeline in loose rock and scree. They stayed with him through the night as did another hiker from his group.
A seven-person rescue team with a litter – a type of stretcher that resembles a sled – attempted to reach him Saturday but had to turn back because of nightfall. The team returned Sunday, packed Parameswaran in the litter and spent about 1 1/2 hours lifting him 200 feet up a steep slope to a spot where the helicopter could land, Patterson said.
Mount Ida rises to 12,880 feet and is more than four miles from the Milner Pass Trailhead off Trail Ridge Road. The elevation gain from the trailhead is 2,130 feet.