Mountain Rescue Aspen and members of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office were called to the Maroon Bells around noon Wednesday to rescue a hiker with a medical emergency.
The hiker was about a half mile past Crater Lake near the Maroon Bells, about 11 miles south of Aspen.
The hiker’s brother had hiked out and told a USDA Forest Service volunteer that his brother had passed out after descending Buckskin Pass, which is just south and west of Crater Lake.
At about 12:30 p.m., a member of Mountain Rescue Aspen who happened to be hiking in the Crater Lake area found the man. The rescuer had his MRA radio with him, and he updated the rest of the MRA members on the patient’s condition.
Shortly before 1 p.m., rescuers had given the stricken man food, water and oxygen.
The 37-year-old from Missouri had run out of food and water while hiking what is known as The Four Pass Loop and had been without food or water for about a day. He was badly dehydrated and exhausted.
The Four Pass Loop is a 27-mile hike from the Maroon Bells main parking lot over West Maroon Pass, then Frigid Air Pass, on to Trailrider Pass and then over Buckskin Pass, to the Maroon Creek drainage back to the parking lot.
Monday night, a two women were rescued from North Maroon Peak.