ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — Three men were rescued by Rocky Mountain National Park rangers on Tuesday night, park officials said.
The men — Alan Smith, 42, and Elijah Holmes and Austin Holmes, both in their early 20s — spent an unexpected night on the mountain and couldn’t continue their climb to the summit.
Rangers were notified on Monday night by family members that the men were stranded on the Kieners Route, but at the time they were not seeking assistance.
On Tuesday morning, rangers texted the men, who said they didn’t want help. But because the three were not prepared to spend the night on the mountain, rangers initiated a search and rescue mission.
A search party left the Longs Peak trailhead at 9:25 a.m. and reached the men at 2:50 p.m. The men, from the Glen Haven and Estes Park areas, were not injured, but were cold, dehydrated, tired and unable to continue the ascent.
Rangers provided food, and fluids, and helped the men get warm, park officials said.
The men were then helped off the route and down to the lower section of the North Face, reaching the Boulder Field at 7:15 p.m.
At 10 p.m., the search party and rangers were still walking down the trail and reached the trailhead just before midnight.