Wednesday, February 22, 2017

NEWS: Hiker Blown Off Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park

Hiker breaks leg in Rocky Mountain National Park in high winds
Twin Sisters Peak in RMNP
Hiker and famed mountaineer Alan Arnette suffered a badly broken leg when he was blown off Twin Sisters Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park a week ago. Arnette and a friend, Jim Davidson, were near 11,000 feet on Twin Sisters Trail when a gust of wind estimated around 90-100 miles per hour suddenly launched Arnette off the trail into a boulder field where he badly broke his leg and injured his face. Arnette admitted in an interview with 9News that he was lucky to be alive.

"I remember (Jim Davidson) saying 'There's a 10 percent chance we can make the summit, but there's a 70 percent chance something may go wrong," Arnette said in the interview. You can view the interview with 9news here at this link.

Alan Arnette is a veteran mountaineer with a heap of international accomplishments. He has reached the summit of Mt. Everest and K2 as well as many other mountains around the world. Outside Magazine called Arnette "One of the world's most respected chroniclers of Mt. Everest." He is also a well-known speaker and maintains a website about all things mountaineering.

We wish Arnette a speedy recovery and look forward to hearing more about his harrowing adventures.

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