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Search Continues for Missing Trail Runner in Rocky Mountain National Park

Multiple emergency crews continued their search this past weekend for a missing trail runner in Rocky Mountain National Park.

According to a press release, those who know Chad Pallansch last heard from him on Wednesday, September 27. Pallansch was reported missing on September 28, and park rangers found his vehicle at the trailhead. 

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An undated photo of Chad Pallansch. (Source: NPS)

Officials say the 49-year-old is an experienced runner, and has run several marathons and often runs in the park.

Last week, Pallansch was attempting a 28-mile route that crosses the Continental Divide and some steep talus slopes. The trail travels through Lake Verna, Mount Alice, Chiefs Head Peak and more. 

On Saturday, more than 55 people from 38 search teams made their way through sections of the park where he may be. Officials say recent winds at high elevations have slowed air operations. 

Pallansch has a navigation device, but it cannot call for emergency assistance.

Park Rangers are continuing to investigate.

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  1. Seriously if this guy was so darn experience why didn’t he leave a plan with anybody? Why did he not bring the right equipment? It was obviously very selfish of him to do this and I do hope they find him but it comes to a point where you need to stop. He chose to take off like he was some big man and can conquer anything and now everybody else is out there trying to find him because he couldn’t do things the right way.

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