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Rescuers find six hikers, two dogs outside of Aspen

Rescuers find six hikers, two dogs outside of Aspen

Members of Mountain Rescue Aspen located six hikers and two dogs who reportedly had been overdue from a trip on Tuesday.

The hikers and dogs were found unharmed in the South Fork drainage near the Fryingpan River about midnight, according to a news release issued Wednesday morning by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday of the overdue hikers, who were believed to be hiking on the Lost Man Loop, located off of Independence Pass.

A large ground search was put off because of darkness, but Mountain Rescue had two vehicle teams search roads in drainages that are commonly mistaken for part of the Lost Man Loop, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“Mountain Rescue Aspen and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all hikers and backcountry travelers to prepare for unplanned events,” the news release says. “When traveling in the backcountry always carry extra water, food and clothing, know your route, carry a map and ensure that someone knows your exact travel plans.”

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