Hiker rescued from terrifying ledge in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Hiker Rescued From Terrifying Ledge On Colo. Mountain

A dramatic rescue unfolded in Colorado after a hiker got stranded alone on a precarious ledge at 13,000 feet.

Canadian Samuel Frappier, 19, was hiking Longs Peak in the Rocky Mountain National Park with a friend on Tuesday.
Hiker rescued from terrifying ledge in Rocky Mountain National Park
(RM) ESTES PARK , COLORADO--JULY 3RD--2008--An 'Improve Station', an air monitoring station, underneath the base of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park Thursday morning. THE DENVER POST/ ANDY CROSS (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
07_28_05_ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, CO-- ABOVE: Climbers help each other at the beginning of the Homestretch with the majestic view of the park and the continental divide behind them. Longs Peak is Colorado's northernmost fourteener . It is not only the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder county, but is also the 15th highest peak in Colorado . It's summit is 14,261 feet or 4,347 meters . The Keyhole route is the most climbed route of any fourteener route in the state and is considered a true classic climb . People come from all over the world to try to ascend and make the summit. Approximately 26,000 people attempt the summit each year and just over 3,000 actually make it. The trailhead begins at 9,400 feet and measure 15 miles round trip with 5,000 feet of vertical elevation gain . It is a long, arduous ascent that gets quite difficult and even dangerous when conditions get bad . Many people have died on this route. The route spirals almost completely around the mountain . PHOTOS BY HELEN H. RICHARDSON (ALL CAPTION INFORMATION FROM Summitpost.org ) (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
07_28_05_ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, CO-- ABOVE: Climbers take a break after the narrows and before the Homestretch the section just before the summit . Longs Peak is Colorado's northernmost fourteener . It is not only the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder county, but is also the 15th highest peak in Colorado . It's summit is 14,261 feet or 4,347 meters . The Keyhole route is the most climbed route of any fourteener route in the state and is considered a true classic climb . People come from all over the world to try to ascend and make the summit. Approximately 26,000 people attempt the summit each year and just over 3,000 actually make it. The trailhead begins at 9,400 feet and measure 15 miles round trip with 5,000 feet of vertical elevation gain . It is a long, arduous ascent that gets quite difficult and even dangerous when conditions get bad . Many people have died on this route. The route spirals almost completely around the mountain . PHOTOS BY HELEN H. RICHARDSON (ALL CAPTION INFORMATION FROM Summitpost.org ) (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
North America, , Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge Road from near Lava Cliffs. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
MAY 31 1968, JUN 2 1968; Magnificent Scenery awaits the motorist who travels trail ridge road in Rocky Mountain National Park in June. The Majestic peak at left center is 14,256-foot longs peak.; (Photo By Duane Howell/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Plumes of smoke from the Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park rise above Longs Peak, as seen from just east of Boulder, Colo., Tuesday June 11, 2013. A National Park crew assessed the fire that has been confirmed on the north end of Big Meadows on the west side of the park. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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But according to KCNC, "They got separated, and he got trapped trying to find a quicker way down the mountain, almost falling off a sheer cliff with a thousand-foot drop. He ended up sleeping on the mountain overnight, completely exposed."

Frappier somehow got stuck in a position where he couldn't go up or ​down. He says had he slipped just a few feet, he would have fallen to his death.

He didn't have much food or water, but he did have his cell phone, which he used to contact park rangers. According to The Denver Post, "By the time the rescue effort was finished, 28 team members and several helicopters were involved."

Officials told KDVR Frappier was in good shape despite spending the night in the cold without proper gear. He told KMGH he feels incredibly lucky to be alive.

"I imagine people saying I'm stupid, and they're right. It was stupid, and I'm never going to do that again."

Frappier spent the night in a hotel, then planned to go straight home to Quebec. Park officials say all those involved in the rescue returned home safely.
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