Mountain Rescue Aspen and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office personnel assisted a hiker Wednesday in the Crater Lake area near the Maroon Bells.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, authorities were notified at 11:47 a.m. of a hiker needing help about a half-mile past the lake. The hiker’s brother had contacted a U.S. Forest Service volunteer and said that his brother had passed out after descending Buckskin Pass, just south and west of Crater Lake.
Mountain Rescue Aspen was notified, and two teams were assembled. At 12:15 p.m., the teams were sent into the field.
At 12:30 p.m., a member of Mountain Rescue Aspen who happened to be hiking in the Crater Lake area contacted the hiker. The emergency rescue worker was able to apprise team members about the man’s medical status. The first team reached the patient just before 1 p.m. and gave him food and water as well as oxygen.
The hiker, 37, of Missouri, had run out of food and water while hiking what is known as the Four Pass Loop, a 27-mile excursion. He had been without food or water for about a day and was badly dehydrated as well as exhausted. The man was taken to a waiting ambulance. All Mountain Rescue Aspen personnel were out of the field at around 2 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Office issued a reminder to anyone who ventures into the backcountry to be well-prepared with plenty of food and water.
The Maroon Bells area is about 11 miles south of Aspen.