Hikers Rescued From Longs Peak

Mistakenly climbed technical route

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Two hikers were rescued by rangers in Rocky Mountain National Park after mistakenly climbing a technical route on Longs Peak and becoming stuck on a ledge. The unnamed men set out to climb the standard Keyhole Route, but veered off course when they followed the lights of headlamps of a group of climbers on the steep east face. The two ended up running into a Colorado Mountain School guide roping up at the bottom of the peak's Diamond face and asking him if the 5.10 route he was about to start was the easiest way to the summit. The guide called for a rescue over his radio, and rangers used ropes to lower the men about 600 feet to safety. The two men were among seven people who had to be rescued on Tuesday, including a 27-year-old man who was carried out with a leg injury and a woman from Chicago who fell off a horse.

Via The Daily Camera

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