Hiker rescued from Capitol Peak | PostIndependent.com

Hiker rescued from Capitol Peak

A 35-year-old man fell while ascending Capitol Peak on Wednesday morning and had to be helicoptered to safety, according to a statement.

Emergency dispatchers received a call at about 10:15 a.m. from the hiker, Adam Einhardt, who reported that he’d fallen off the summit of K2 Peak, located next to Capitol Peak, according to the statement from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. He said he fell about 10 feet off a ledge and suffered a deep laceration to his right wrist and hand, the statement says.

“He was able to walk, however the bleeding was severe enough to warrant extrication,” the statement says.

The crew of a Blackhawk helicopter spotted Einhardt about 12:10 p.m., roughly 250 feet below Capitol Peak’s Knife Edge, according to the statement. Members of the crew rappelled down to him, stabilized his injuries and hoisted him into the Blackhawk, according to the statement. Einhardt, whose hometown was not available, was taken to Aspen’s airport, then to Aspen Valley Hospital.

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