About 35 volunteers looking for missing climber near Aspen Wednesday
About 35 volunteers from several different search and rescue teams spent Wednesday combing the area around the Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak in search of a climber missing for the last week, an official said.
A Front Range-based message that went out earlier Wednesday incorrectly claimed David Cook had been found, said Alex Burchetta of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
The volunteers searching Wednesday came from Mountain Rescue Aspen, Alpine Search and Rescue, Summit County, Rocky Mountain Rescue, Vail Search and Rescue, Garfield County Search and Rescue and Gunnison County Search and Rescue are taking part in the effort to locate Cook, Burchetta said.
Flight For Life Colorado ferried some of the volunteers into the backcountry who planned to search high altitude areas on the three peaks, each of which is more than 14,000 feet high, he said.
Cook, an Albuquerque resident and ex-Marine, has been missing since Sept. 20, when a receipt found in his car showed he arrived at the Maroon Bells parking lot, officials have said. He had plans to climb Pyramid, Maroon and North Maroon peaks.
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