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Samuel Frappier climber: 19-year-old stranded in mountains, 28 rescuers needed

Samuel Frappier, a 19-year-old climber was rescued
Samuel Frappier, a 19-year-old climber was rescued
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Samuel Frappier, a climber from Quebec, was rescued this week by rangers after becoming stranded in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. A total of 28 rescuers were said to be necessary to save the 19-year-old male from the lofty crests of Longs Peak. MSN News shares this Thursday, May 29, 2014, that the young man was trapped for a number of hours on a freezing ledge roughly 4,000 meters in the air.

According to the report on the Samuel Frappier climber story, due to the isolated location the 19-year-old found himself in, a full 28 crisis workers were needed to effectively make it to Broadway Ledge. After his emergency rescue, Frappier was rushed late on Wednesday night to a nearby landing zone in Rocky Mountain National Park. Soon afterwards, he was hurried to Estes Park Medical Center.

It seems that the young man was initially climbing the Rocky Mountains on Tuesday evening with a friend. However, the 19-year-old from Quebec and his companion somehow split from one another during their high rise.

Reuters News reports that Samuel Frappier the climber first made contact yesterday with local park rangers using a cell phone on hand. He admitted that he was relatively inexperienced, and found himself stranded while ascending Longs Peak. At the height of roughly 4,000 meters, while making his way back down the mountain, he realized he was trapped, and decided to call for assistance.

“He is in an extremely precarious location on the east face of Longs Peak at roughly 13,000 feet in elevation. Samuel did not report any injuries but indicated he could not go up or down,” officials from the Rocky Mountain National Park announced in a statement.

Local news sources have affirmed that the lofty Broadway ledge is often a site of very cold temperatures, chilly weather, and considerable amounts of ice and snow. Providentially, the 19-year-old man is expected to make a swift recovery. However, without a safety pack and resources necessary for overnight climbing, the 28 rescue crew members were glad to have reached Samuel Frappier when they did.

“Fortunately there was no moisture overnight.…The young man is reported to be physically fit, but has no technical climbing equipment and is an inexperienced mountaineer. He was not prepared to spend the night,” the statement concluded.

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