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Emergency crews help dehydrated man off trail

A man hiking the Ute Trail on Sunday morning became ill and was assisted by local authorities, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said.

Around 11:25 a.m., the sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a woman on the trail. She reported that one of her hiking partners, later identified as Rick Lamitie, of Avon, was unable to continue up or down the trail due to being severely exhausted and dehydrated.

Lamitie was reported to be very pale, shaking and sweating profusely, a Sheriff’s Office statement said.

At the request of the sheriff’s office, Mountain Rescue Aspen deployed two team members. Shortly after, contact was made with Lamitie, and he was escorted down the trail under his own power.

The Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen are reminding the public to stay well-hydrated and well-nourished while in the backcountry, whether on short day hikes or on longer extended hikes.

Women lost, found in area of Hunter Creek

Two women who got separated from another hiking partner in an area of Hunter Creek on Saturday evening were found unharmed Sunday morning, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of some overdue hikers in an area of Hunter Creek in Pitkin County. The hiking party consisted of three adults: David Burgess and Dianne Lamp, both from Austin, Texas, and Karen Stevenson, of Aspen, a Sheriff’s Office statement said.

The group planned a day hike from the Lower Lost Man trailhead to Warren Lakes, leaving at 6:30 a.m. At some point, Lamp and Stevenson became separated from Burgess. Burgess arrived at Warren Lakes, but there was no sign of his hiking partners. It was reported that both women were experienced hikers in good health with adequate equipment to spend the night outside.

Mountain Rescue Aspen began a search at 6 a.m. Sunday, deploying 14 members. Teams made contact with Stevenson and Lamp at 8:40 a.m. Sunday morning in the Thimble Rock area of the creek. Both women were reported to be OK and in good spirits, the statement said.

Because Burgess has a current Colorado fishing license, part of the rescue effort’s cost can be defrayed. The Sheriff’s Office urged the public in its statement to purchase Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue cards before venturing into the backcountry. The cards help to defray the operational costs of all-volunteer organizations, such as Mountain Rescue Aspen. The cards can be purchased locally at Ute Mountaineer.


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