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2 climbers injured, 1 missing after report of avalanche, rockfall in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Posted at 12:34 PM, May 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-30 12:18:07-04

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — Two climbers were injured and rescued and one remains missing following a report of a rockfall and avalanche in Rocky Mountain National Park Sunday morning.

The incident occurred around 9 a.m. near the Dreamweaver Couloir on Mt. Meeker. Other climbers in the area witnessed the event, according to park officials. They said three climbers, two men and a woman, are involved.

After arriving on the scene above 11,500 feet in winter-like conditions, crews found a woman with minor injuries. Hours later around 2 p.m., a man was extricated via a hoist system by helicopter and flown to the Medical Center of the Rockies. His condition is not known.

The third climber, a male, remains missing where the avalanche occurred and crews are searching the area for signs of the victim. Multiple agencies are assisting in the search, the park said in a news release.

Avalanche danger rose to moderate levels Saturday as the snow surface warms, wets, and becomes unable to stick together, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

This is a developing story and will be updated when new information becomes available.