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Lost hiker talks of Holy Cross ordeal

Sarah L. Stewart
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

VAIL ” In his first public appearance since being rescued from the Holy Cross

Wilderness on Monday, hiker Jacob Gately tearfully related the two cold,

lonely days and nights he spent lost in the mountains.

“I wasn’t going to let the mountain have me,” the 23-year-old Missouri man

said from a wheelchair during a press conference this morning at Vail Valley

Medical Center. “I’m just happy to be alive”

Doctors at VVMC, where Gately is being treated, said his prognosis is “very

good.” Gately suffered from mild hypothermia, fatigue, an electrolyte

imbalance and minor frostbite on his feet after becoming separated from his

brother during a hike Saturday.

“His frostbite is fairly superficial, and it’s unlikely he’ll lose any

significant amount of tissue,” said Dr. Chip Woodland, chief medical officer

for VVMC. “It’s fairly amazing that he didn’t have more significant tissue


Gately will remain in the hospital overnight for additional treatment and

observation. Once released, he plans to return to Missouri with his parents,

Jim and Jean, and 24-year-old brother, Josh.

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