Glenwood woman gets lost hiking, is rescued in dark
A hiker got lost as night fell Saturday in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, calling the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center at about 6:20 p.m.
The hiker, a 25-year-old woman from Glenwood Springs, told dispatchers that she was trying to follow the Hell Roaring trail from the Avalanche Creek trailhead to the Capitol Creek trailhead. She said that after ascending a ridge, she may have accidentally followed a wild game trail instead of the main hiking trail.
The Hell Roaring trail is a 7-mile-long trail that connects the Capitol Creek drainage to the Avalanche Creek drainage.
Four members of Mountain Rescue Aspen began the search around 8:20 p.m. The four rescuers hiked through the darkness for approximately 2.5 hours, and, aided by headlamps and GPS units, were able to reach the lost hiker around 10:50 p.m. She was located roughly 600 feet above Williams Lake on top of a ridgeline.
The rescuers provided the hiker, who was wearing only a thin, long sleeve shirt and pants, with warm clothes and fluids before they escorted her back down the trail to safety.
The group arrived back at the trailhead around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
She was one of two people lost in the backcountry Saturday.
Three hunters camping near McClure Pass and hunting in the Huntsman’s Ridge area lost track of a fourth person in their group during the afternoon. A 69-year-old man suffering from a medical condition did not show up at noon at a rendezvous location in the Huntsman’s Ridge area of Pitkin County.
The other hunters in the party searched for the man for about three and a half hours before two members of the group decided to leave the area, drive to Carbondale to get a cell phone signal and call 911 for help. At about 5:15 p.m., the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call to report the hunter missing.
Within an hour, two teams from Mountain Rescue Aspen were deployed to attempt to locate the man. But before MRA members could gain access to the area, at 7:06 p.m., the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Colorado Division of Wildlife dispatch center that a wildlife officer had located the lost hunter and that he was OK and en route back to his campsite.
The members of the all-volunteer Mountain Rescue Aspen recommend that hikers always be prepared to spend the night in the wilderness. Warm clothing, water, food and the appropriate survival gear are required items when hiking in mountainous terrain. MRA also recommends that hikers always carry a map and make themselves familiar with the terrain where they will be hiking.
Colorado residents and visitors are encouraged to purchase a Colorado Outdoor Research Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card, which will reimburse search and rescue teams for costs that are incurred during your rescue. More information on CORSAR cards.
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