The body of a 39-year-old Thornton man was recovered Sunday afternoon after he was reported missing by the friends who he had been attempting to summit Longs Peak with.
The man, who was not identified by name, was last seen at the top of the Loft at around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. He had been winter mountaineering in the area with two friends when he tried to descend down to the trailhead, according to the National Park Service.
When the man’s friends got back to the trailhead later that day, rangers say they noticed his vehicle was still in the parking lot – prompting them to report him missing.
Here is a hiker’s description of what The Loft is as well as information about The Loft route up Longs Peak:
The actual loft area that gives this route its name is the wide-open flat plateau that separates Mt. Meeker and Longs Peak. Regardless of season, due to the somewhat uniqueness of this small area, The Loft is usually a windy place. Since Longs Peak carries so much prominence and is anchored by the equally lofty Mt. Meeker to the southeast, this area, though definitely NOT a col, functions in accordance by funneling the winds across its flat expanse. Exceptions in weather always exist of course, but the norm is to expect windy conditions on this plateau.