Aspen area rescuers stay busy with injured rider, hiker and climber
Ryan Summerlin July 26, 2014
Injured dirt biker rescued
A woman dirt biker who suffered multiple fractures to her right arm was brought to safety by rescuers Thursday, officials said.
The woman, 45, of Glenwood Springs, had fallen off of her bike while riding the Crown Mountain trail, located about 5 miles west of downtown Basalt.
The rescue team was composed of one paramedic, one EMT and five specialists who used two Mountain Rescue Aspen all-terrain vehicles and a Ranger 42, which is a Polaris six-wheel-drive utility-task vehicle, provided by the Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District.
The woman was reached at approximately 11:45 a.m., one hour after the call was made to authorities. Rescuers took the victim to an ambulance, which transported her to Valley View Hospital for treatment, according to a statement.
Hiker injured near Margy’s Hut after falling off trail
A Flight for Life helicopter out of Denver transported a 48-year-old injured female hiker to Aspen Valley Hospital on Friday.
The woman suffered a compound ankle injury from falling off of the trail between Margy’s Hut and Sawmill Creek, according to a statement.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office learned of the injured hiker at approximately 12:15 p.m. Friday, when a Mountain Rescue Aspen member, who was working at Margy’s Hut, received word that the woman had been injured. Mountain Rescue members, by foot and vehicles, reached the woman and stabilized her.
The Snowmass Fire Department provided a response vehicle, and a paramedic to respond to the scene. A Flight for Life helicopter retrieved the patient and transported her to Aspen Valley Hospital, according to a Sheriff’s Office statement.
Margy’s Hut is part of the 10th Mountain Division’s Hut Association, located at an elevation of approximately 11,300 feet and 10 miles northeast of Aspen.
Climber injured on Pyramid Peak
Two climbers called the U.S. Forest Service for help on Pyramid Peak on Friday afternoon, according to a statement from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
The Forest Service notified the Sheriff’s Office of the call shortly before 2 p.m., the statement said. The climbers called from the south side of the peak, about 300 feet below the summit. The 14,025-foot peak is about 12 miles southwest of Aspen in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area.
Mountain Rescue Aspen and a National Guard helicopter from the High Altitude Aviation Training Site in Gypsum reached one of the climbers at about 4 p.m. One of the climbers had fallen and suffered a possible fractured arm, a dislocated elbow and injuries to his leg, the Sheriff’s Office statement said. The other climber made it down to the Maroon Bells day parking lot. The injured climber was taken off the peak by helicopter.
Mountain Rescue Aspen has had 10 missions over the past five days, according to the Sheriff’s Office.