Injured Climber Spends Night Out & Is Rescued From 14,000′ Maroon Peak, CO Over Weekend

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A climber was injured and rescued on 14,136′ Maroon Peak in Colorado on Friday.

The climber spent the night out before rescuers could reach him the next morning.

He was rescued by helicopter.

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Injured Climber Rescued from Maroon Peak

Pitkin Country Sheriff’s Office Press Release:

Pitkin County, Colorado – 8/26/2017 – On Friday, August 25th, 2017, around 11:00pm, the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center received a phone call regarding an injured climber on Maroon Peak. The caller stated that he had talked to two of his friends via satellite phone, and the two friends stated they were stuck on a ridge near Maroon Peak and one of the two friends was unable to continue climbing, due to an injured knee and a twisted ankle. In addition, the two climbers told their friend that they were out of water and food and were severely dehydrated.

Maroon Peak is a 14,163-foot peak roughly 12 miles southwest of Aspen, CO.

A deputy from the Sheriff’s Office was able to communicate directly with the injured party and advised that a rescue wouldn’t happen until daylight the next morning.

At 6:30 Saturday morning a deputy with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office met with members of Mountain Rescue Aspen at the C.B. Cameron Rescue Center to plan a rescue of the injured climber. It was decided that based on the injuries, lack of food and water and the cold overnight stay Lifeguard 2 out of Frisco was dispatched to the injured climbers location. Lifeguard 2 was able to land near the climber and transport him to Aspen Valley Hospital.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Mountain Rescue Aspen and Lifeguard 2 for their professional work in the mission.

For more information contact:
Deputy Michael Buglione

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