Golden man seriously injured sliding down snow in RMNP

Nick Creadon airlifted to hospital

ESTES PARK, Colo. - An overnight rescue was conducted in Rocky Mountain National Park after a man called for help on his cell phone.

Park Rangers said 31-year-old Nick Creadon from Golden, Colorado,  indicated he had fallen an unknown distance while glissading down Gabletop Mountain, which is above Loomis Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.  He said that he had numerous injuries.  

Glissading is the act of descending a steep snow- or scree-covered slope via a controlled slide on one's feet or bottom.

The US Forest Service Northern Colorado helicopter used earlier for the body recovery from Longs Peak was utilized for aerial reconnaissance.  Using cell phone GPS coordinates, rangers were able to determine his general location below Gabletop Mountain and aerial surveillance confirmed his exact location. 

The man was located in a remote high alpine environment in a steep cirque above Loomis Lake approximately 11,300 feet.  Loomis Lake is southwest of Spruce Lake. 

Before night fall Friday, a team of four park rangers were flown to Loomis Lake.  Equipment was also flown into the general area.  The flights occurred in between severe thunderstorms.

Rescuers reached him just after midnight. 

Creadon greatly aided in his rescue by moving down a steep band of rock, then down a steep snow field toward rangers.  They said he had life-threatening injuries. A paramedic on the park's rescue team provided advanced life support throughout the incident.

Rangers rescued Creadon by lowering him five hundred feet with ropes and then assisted him an additional 700 feet down steep mountainous terrain to Loomis Lake.  

At approximately 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Creadon was flown to Upper Beaver Meadows Road where he was then taken by Flight for Life to St. Anthony's Hospital for further treatment. 


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