Rangers help evacuate military training on Colorado peak

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Posted: Jun 03, 2016 3:04 PM

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Park rangers are helping evacuate military personnel in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park after some had trouble climbing one of the state's highest peaks.

Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says 10 people from Fort Carson in Colorado Springs were involved in a climbing training Thursday on 14,259-foot Longs Peak, but a few of them had trouble continuing. The group ended up spending the night. Patterson says they're helping one another get to the top of the mountain Friday and that rangers are helping as needed. Rangers plan to fly them down from the snowy summit by helicopter if weather permits.

The route the personnel are taking is not as technical as some but still requires climbers to cross a steep ice field and a ledge that is very narrow at points.