ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — Rescue crews have launched a search for a Broomfield man who is overdue from a mountaineering trip and is believed to be in the Longs Peak area.
The car of Peter Jeffris, 25, was found in the parking lot of the Longs Peak Trailhead on Monday. He left Sunday morning to summit the 14,259-foot peak but did not arrive at work as scheduled Monday.
Rocky Mountain National Park officials don’t know the exact route Jeffris took, but he told friends he was considering the Cables Route on the north face. Officials say he was not prepared to spend the night.
A foot of snow fell in the area over the weekend, and temperatures have been below zero the past two nights. Strong winds up to 60 mph have kicked up in the area, blowing snow and dropping the wind chill to dangerous levels.
A small segment of the area was searched until nightfall Monday and the rescue teams resumed their search on the north face, Keyhole Route, Chasm Cirque and along the Longs Peak Trail on Tuesday.
The Park Search and Rescue team is being helped by Rocky Mountain Rescue and Larimer County Search and Rescue. In all, 32 people are involved in the search. An aerial search is not possible because of the extreme winds.
If anyone was in the Longs Peak area on Sunday and has any information, they are asked to call park rangers at (970) 586-1204.