Aspen rescuers aid injured hiker
Ryan Summerlin July 11, 2012
ASPEN – Mountain Rescue Aspen members were summoned to the Cathedral Lake trail south of Aspen on Monday evening to aid an injured hiker.
A woman, who was not identified in a statement issued by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, rolled her ankle and felt a crack in her lower left leg as she and her family were descending the trail. She was unable to continue walking.
The Sheriff’s Office was notified of the injured hiker at about 5 p.m. Her husband hiked out and drove to the Pine Creek Cookhouse in the upper Castle Creek Valley to call for help.
Mountain Rescue organized a 22-member team, began hiking at about 6:40 p.m. and reached the woman, roughly 1.7 miles from the trailhead, at about 7 p.m. They carried her out on a rescue litter, transferring her to a waiting ambulance. She was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital with an injury to her left ankle.
Rescuers were off the trail at about 8:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office reported.
The Cathedral Lake trailhead is 11 miles up Castle Creek Road, south of town.