A 51-year-old Louisiana man was rescued after spending two nights stranded in the backcountry near the Mount Chapin area of Rocky Mountain National Park Wednesday morning, July 3, 2019.

Search efforts began at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, just minutes after a notification from a family member of the missing hiker.

According to a press release from Rocky Mountain National Park, the man was planning to hike in the Mount Chapin, Mount Chiquita, and Ypsilon Mountain area, but did not return as expected. His rental car was found at 9:30 p.m. at the Alpine Visitor Center parking lot.

Following an extensive search, the man was later found uninjured at 11,400 feet on the northwest side of Mount Chapin at approximately 1:30 p.m on July, 3, 2019. He was flown from the area by Northern Colorado Interagency Helitack and then transported to the Estes Park Health by ambulance.

Members of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Search and Rescue team and aerial reconnaissance assistance offered from the Northern Colorado Interagency Helitack played a critical role in the success of this rescue operation.

Accidents and mistakes can always happen to anyone, even the most experienced and prepared hikers. If you’re planning on hiking or summiting a fourteener in Colorado, always let a friend or family member know where you’re going, the trail you plan to follow, and when you plan to be back. Familiarize yourself with the trail and always check the weather forecast before you go. Thankfully, this rescue operation had a happy ending.

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