Steamboat Springs Craig Horlacher, the 57-year-old angler from the Denver area who was rescued in North Routt County on Thursday, remained at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver in serious condition, hospital staff confirmed Friday.
Rescuers suspect that Horlacher was stranded outside for nearly six days and reportedly was suffering hypothermia when he was found.
He was conscious and breathing but incoherent when rescuers found him.
It’s unclear why Horlacher was unable to return to his car, less than a mile away, from his fishing spot at the confluence of the Middle Fork of the Little Snake River and Tennessee Creek.
Medical crews pulled Horlacher out of the canyon using ropes, and an air ambulance took him to Yampa Valley Medical Center before he was transferred to St. Anthony. He initially was listed in critical condition.