Aspen rescuers aid woman on Mount Sopris
August 28, 2011
CARBONDALE – Aspen rescuers were summoned to Mount Sopris Saturday to assist a Basalt woman who had taken ill.
Elizabeth Ward, 42, was experiencing a severe headache, nausea and vomiting while attempting to climb the mountain, located outside of Carbondale and about 15 miles northwest of Aspen, according to authorities. She received medical help and was transported down the trail on an all-terrain vehicle, but declined an ambulance transport to the hospital.
Authorities were notified of an ill hiker on the trail above Thomas Lakes at about 3:30 p.m. Ward and her hiking companion, Cindy Knoll, were able to call for help by cell phone.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen responded. At about 3:45 p.m., three Mountain Rescue “hasty teams” headed up the trail; they found Ward and Knoll at about 6 p.m. The rescue concluded at 7:40 p.m., the sheriff’s office said.