The 66-year-old Denver man missing since Sunday on 14er Pyramid Peak near Aspen, CO, was found alive and in good condition Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
Neil Brosseau, 66, was discovered about 3:50 pm following 48 hours searching, said Alex Burchetta, director of operations for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
“He seems to be doing just fine,” Burchetta said.
A sheriff’s deputy was en route to pick up Brosseau and transport him to the MRA headquarters on Highway 82 near Aspen’s airport to debrief him, Burchetta said. Details about what happened and how he got lost were not immediately available, reports the Aspen Times.
The man’s nephew, Chris Brosseau, said he was hiking with his uncle and his wife Sunday afternoon and was the last person to see him on the saddle at about 13,000 feet that connects the northeast summit ridge to the Pyramid Peak summit. Chris added that he and his family were “overjoyed” that his uncle was found alive and well. It appears Neil Brosseau spent Sunday night alone then was helped by hunters, who gave him food, Monday night.
Brosseau was first reported missing late Sunday afternoon or early evening, though MRA volunteers did not head into the field until Monday morning, Burchetta said. MRA and the Sheriff’s Office do not undertake nighttime missions unless there’s a confirmed need, such as an injury, he said. No one had seen Brosseau, said to be an experienced climber, since about 2 pm Sunday.