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Climber hurt on Hagerman

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A Kansas man was injured Sunday when he was swept down Hagerman Peak, triggering a rescue effort to transport the climber to Aspen Valley Hospital, and from there to a Denver hospital.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call at 9:15 a.m. from a climber on the north side of Hagerman Peak, located northwest of Snowmass Peak in the Elk Mountains, about 12 miles southwest of Aspen. The caller, 27-year-old Mark Jansen of Denver, said he and his brother, Timothy Jansen, 32, of Lenexa, Kansas, had been caught by a breaking cornice and swept down the Hagerman Couloir, where they came to rest on a steep part of the mountain, according to the sheriff’s office.

Timothy Jansen was thought to be seriously injured; his brother was reportedly uninjured.

The climbers were aided by another group that was on the mountain at the same time. The sheriff’s office, Mountain Rescue Aspen and a Flight for Life helicopter out of Denver coordinated in the rescue effort.

The injured climber was taken to the Aspen hospital by Flight for Life shortly before 2 p.m. AVH personnel decided to have the helicopter immediately transport the man to a Denver area hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

At about 4 p.m., the Mountain Rescue Aspen team remained in the field.


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