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Hiker rescued from terrifying ledge in Rocky Mountain National Park

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.

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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Stevie May 30 2014 at 7:59 AM

Hope he has to pay for the rescue if it cost taxpayer money.

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Lindy May 29 2014 at 1:05 PM

Quicker is nto better when hiking, safe is better. I hope he is paying for his trip down.

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crowland503 May 30 2014 at 8:16 AM

Just love climbers when they get stuck on a mountain; such entertainment! Just because the mountain's there, doesn't mean to climb it. Besides, they are litter bugs! Take a look at Mount Everest; or the junk/ debris found orbiting the globe and on the moon!

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KW crowland503 May 30 2014 at 4:19 PM

How can you look at Mt. Everest's litter if you aren't a hiker? ;-D

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kimmer0310 crowland503 May 30 2014 at 5:35 PM

I don't find others misfortune, either by no fault of their own or bad decisions, entertaining.

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rockymtnhikerCo May 30 2014 at 8:59 AM

Well,of course he didn't have the proper supplies for an emergency/overnight stay. A bozo in the Phoenix,AZ area had to be rescued 2 times,1 weekend,then the same scenario the VERY NEXT weekend,seems this guy OBVIOUSLY had not learned anything the 1st time.DUH!! People like this should just stay home where they don't need to think,properly prepare. I've seen city slickers try to start and get a good campfire going with GREEN branches,and they were also going,DUH,why is our "fire" just smoking?Folks,if you have NO idea what you're doing outdoors,STAY HOME!!Indoors of course,watch the TOON,cartoon channel or a stupid "reality" show like survivor. LMAO

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tstories rockymtnhikerCo May 30 2014 at 12:46 PM

People have to learn, hopefully by going with other, more experienced outdoors people.

As for the show Survivor, you don't get it. It's not about surviving nature, it's about surviving the machinations of other people while under extreme stress from lack of sleep, water, food, warmth, and privacy. It's about who's tough enough to stay focused when their body and mind want to give up. Watch it some time! ;)

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rockymtnhikerCo tstories May 30 2014 at 2:34 PM

tstories,thanks for the comment,i did not know because I don't,and haven't watched any"reality" shows.I make and find my own reality outdoors hiking,camping

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lichwala May 30 2014 at 10:18 AM

So who pays for his rescue? If he's stupid on purpose should he pay the financial consequence for being stupid.

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rockymtnhikerCo lichwala May 30 2014 at 11:58 AM

lich,imagine,an interview with the rescued,as he/she/it is asked,were you stupid on purpose? Duh,or you were you just practicing your audition to be on STUPID PEOPLE TRICKS,on Dave Letterman?

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crowland503 May 30 2014 at 7:59 AM

Just love climbers! They provide entertainment every time they get stuck on a mountain. Just because the mountain's there, doesn't mean it needs to be climbed. Besides. they are litter bugs. Take a look at Mount Everest; they trashed it! Or the junk/debris found circling around the globe and on the moon.

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cromsean crowland503 May 30 2014 at 12:33 PM


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loveeurope2 cromsean May 30 2014 at 3:55 PM

Live is only an adventure if you take the risk by yourself. By being a complete idiot he puts the lives of the rescue people in jeopardy So if he can't hack it in the wilderness and being appropriately prepared, he should just talk a walk in the park!

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wlh1923 cromsean May 30 2014 at 7:44 PM

King of cliches checks in. BTW stop screaming, caps lock turn it off.

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wrascil May 30 2014 at 11:27 PM

WHAT, He spent the night in a hotel ? ? ?
was that at the burden of the American tax-payers as well?
He should have been sent to a nice warm jail cell while his payment for services rendered was being arranged and collected.
at least he didn't give birth and have to collect welfare, section 8 housing, free medical free school lunches and those demeaning trips in the Cadillac escalade to the food bank for the next 18 years.

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sopranosly May 30 2014 at 10:48 PM

you can't fix stupid. how much did that cost to save his dumb azz. Someone will have to pay the tab. You and me with our tax dollars

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Mojavegreen Nln May 30 2014 at 4:30 PM

Glad his cell phone was working. Usually they aren't in remote areas. I hike solo. I like the solitude of not having people around me. I carry two things in the event I needs assistance. My cell phone incase I am near a tower and a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) for when I am not. If you are a solo hiker, you should look in to these devices. Leaving an itinerary with a trusted friend or family member is good too. Glad everything worked out good. Don't quit hiking, just plan better for it.

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landslowrance May 30 2014 at 2:56 PM

There are old climbers, and bold climbers. But there are no "Old, Bold" climbers. You don't take short cuts when climbing, because this is what happens.
Two helicopters and (28) twentyeight people, all because he wanted to take a short cut. I hope they send him the bill.

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