The man activated a personal locator beacon last night, which showed his general location to be west of the divide below the Taylor Peak and Powell Peak ridge line, according to park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson. Eventually, she said, rangers were able to speak with him and had him call 911 from his cell phone, enabling the GPS on his phone to narrow down his location above Sky Pond.
He told rangers he was injured in a tumbling fall and then found himself in a spot where he couldn't move up or down, according to Patterson. A search and rescue team left the Glacier Gorge Trailhead early this morning, with one team member flown to the top of Thatchtop Mountain.
The man is located about 1,500 feet above Sky Pond and 500 feet below Thatchtop Mountain in a steep, scree area with loose rocks, according to Patterson.
She said the team reached the man around 12:15 p.m., assessed him and then rigged a technical lowering system to get him down the steep area. They reached Sky Pond around 7:15 p.m. and were planning to walk out with him from that location, which is roughly 5 miles to the trailhead, she said.
Rocky Mountain National Park's Search and Rescue Team members are being assisted by Rocky Mountain Rescue and Larimer County Search and Rescue. Strong winds in the area could limit or prohibit the use of a helicopter, according to Patterson.