Aspen man injured while hunting near Meredith
An Aspen man was thrown from his mule while hunting near Meredith Sunday and had to be airlifted to the hospital.
The Pitkin Sheriff’s Office reported Sunday that it learned of the injured hunter around 10 a.m. The Sheriff’s Office identified the hunter as 44-year-old Joshua Burnaman and reported that he was about two miles north of the Waterbury trail head in the Frying Pan drainage near the town of Meredith.
“Mountain Rescue Aspen was mobilized and deployed ten volunteers into the field to locate and evacuate Mr. Burnaman,” according to the Sheriff’s Office statement. “Waterbury Creek is a very steep narrow drainage, the mouth of which is located at approximately 8400 feet just north of Meredith. At approximately 2:15 p.m. the Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers reached Mr. Burnaman and were able to render additional first aid.”
Rescuers located Burnaman at about 9,600 feet, the statement said.
“Volunteer personnel on scene assessed that evacuation by foot would be too lengthy and due to the nature of Mr. Burnaman’s injuries time was of the essence,” the statement said.
A High Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (HAATS) helicopter from Buckley Air Force base in Aurora was deployed to the location of the rescue team around 3:30 p.m.
Burnaman was transported to the Pitkin County Airport about 4:30 p.m., transferred to an ambulance and taken to Aspen Valley Hospital, according to the statement. Volunteer rescue personnel were out of the field by about 6 p.m.
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Kevin Warner started his career with the U.S. Forest Service as a wilderness ranger in 2001. Now he’s taking over the key position as Aspen-Sopris District Ranger.