Mount Sopris hikers called 911 after becoming lost |

Mount Sopris hikers called 911 after becoming lost

Lower Thomas Lakes in June 2013.
Randy Essex / Post Independent

Around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Kansas man who was hiking around Mount Sopris called 911 because he and his friend became lost.

The call was received by the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch center.

The 65-year-old man said he was east of Thomas Lakes and couldn’t find his way back to the campsite. Cell reception was poor so the man communicated with emergency responders via text message. The hikers were told to hike west to the Thomas Lakes trail. They said they would, but were nauseated and dehydrated.

After not hearing from the hikers for some time, four members of Mountain Rescue Aspen left the trailhead to search for the men to see if they found their campsite and/or needed medical attention. The men were found in a tent around Thomas Lakes at 11:30 p.m. Rescuers led the men back to the trailhead.

“The all-volunteer Mountain Rescue Aspen would like to remind hikers and climbers to research routes before venturing into the backcountry and to choose routes based on experience and fitness level,” according to a statement.

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