Aspen rescuers aid injured hiker
August 13, 2011
ASPEN – Aspen rescuers were summoned to the West Maroon Trail Thursday afternoon to aid a Texas hiker who broke his ankle while crossing a stream.
William Sprague, 61, of Kingwood, Texas, was about two miles above Crater Lake, climbing an an embankment after crossing a stream when he fell backward and was injured. He was able to call to nearby hikers for assistance; one of them ran down the trail to Maroon Lake to inform a ranger of the incident, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities were notified at about 2:20 p.m. Eighteen members of Mountain Rescue Aspen responded, reaching the hiker at about 5:30 p.m. He was carried down the trail on a litter, reaching the Maroon Lake parking lot at about 9:30 p.m. Sprague was taken by Aspen Ambulance to Aspen Valley Hospital, where he was recuperating, the Sheriff’s Office said.