Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Avalanche Destroys Cabin, SAR Cache
A large, unwitnessed avalanche swept down from the saddle between Mount Meeker and Long’s Peak sometime on or about April 2nd and destroyed the Chasm Cabin. The cabin was not occupied and there were no injuries. The avalanche was undoubtedly a result of the "hundred-year" snowstorm that hit and closed the park in March. This stone-walled cabin was built in 1931 at an elevation of about 12,000 feet. For decades, it had served as a base for rescues and ranger patrols on the two peaks and their environs. About $20,000 worth of pre-positioned SAR gear and equipment has been lost or damaged. Rangers will attempt to recover equipment over the next several weeks as the snows melt from the area.
[Submitted by Joe Evans, Chief Ranger]