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Hiker missing after texting his friend that he was reaching a stormy mountain peak, CO rangers say

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A 23-year-old hiker is missing after texting a friend that he had reached a snowy mountain peak, Colorado rangers say.

Lucas Macaj, of Colorado Springs, was reported overdue after failing to return from a hike to the summit of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park on Sunday, May 12, Rocky Mountain National Park said in a May 13 Facebook post.

Lucas Macaj, of Colorado Springs, is missing after attempting to climb Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, rangers say.Lucas Macaj, of Colorado Springs, is missing after attempting to climb Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, rangers say.

Lucas Macaj, of Colorado Springs, is missing after attempting to climb Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, rangers say.

Macaj texted a friend around 1 p.m. Sunday saying he was at the top of Longs Peak, but that was the last time he was heard from, park rangers said.

That afternoon, park rangers said, “significant storms moved through the high elevations of the park.”

Rangers said they began searching for Macaj, who was heading to the top of the Keyhole Route the next day and found his car parked at a trailhead in the early morning.

Multiple agencies assisted in the search for Macaj, which included aerial and ground efforts along several routes in the area, according to park rangers.

Lucas Macaj, of Colorado Springs, was last heard from around 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, park rangers say.Lucas Macaj, of Colorado Springs, was last heard from around 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, park rangers say.

Lucas Macaj, of Colorado Springs, was last heard from around 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, park rangers say.

Macaj, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 155 pounds, “is likely wearing a dark-colored top, tan or tan pants, khaki-colored boots and a black backpack,” rangers said.

Anyone with information or who has seen Macaj is asked to contact rangers at 888-653-0009 or [email protected].

What you need to know about Longs Peak

“At 15,000 feet, Longs Peak towers above all other peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park” and “can be seen from almost anywhere in the park,” says the National Park Service.

“Changing weather reflects the many moods of Longs Peak,” NPS said.

“Longs Peak towers above all other peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park,” according to the National Park Service.“Longs Peak towers above all other peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park,” according to the National Park Service.

“Longs Peak towers above all other peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park,” according to the National Park Service.

Thousands climb the summit via Keyhole Route every summer, NPS says.

“The Keyhole Route is not a walk,” says NPS. “It is a climb that crosses huge steep vertical rock walls, often with falling rocks, requiring scrambling, where an unroped fall would likely be fatal.”

Those hiking the route can expect “narrow ledges, loose rocks and steep cliffs,” according to NPS.

“For most of the year, climbing Longs Peak takes place in winter conditions, which requires winter mountaineering experience and the knowledge and use of specialized equipment,” NPS says.

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