Climber rescued after tumble |

Climber rescued after tumble

Aspen Times Staff Report

A 26-year-old Glenwood Springs woman was rescued off Conundrum Peak by a Colorado Air National Guard helicopter Saturday, after she broke her leg in a fall, according to authorities.

Lowery Brown was first transported to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment Saturday evening, and later flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. A St. Mary’s spokeswoman said Brown’s condition was upgraded to fair on Sunday morning.

“She came out of intensive care [Sunday] morning,” the nursing house supervisor said. “She’s a really lucky person.”

Brown had surgery early Sunday to repair her right leg – she suffered a compound fracture to the tibia and fibula. Hospital staffers were continuing to evaluate her for possible facial fractures as well, the St. Mary’s spokeswoman said.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a fallen, injured hiker on Conundrum Peak, a 14,000-foot peak located on Forest Service lands near the head of the Castle Creek Valley, about 15 miles south of Aspen, according to a written statement from Deputy Tom Grady, incident commander.

Brown reportedly fell from a location on the south face of Conundrum Peak, approximately 500 feet from the summit. She fell about 200 feet, and came to rest on a ledge above the Montezuma Basin snowfield, according to Grady.

Members of Mountain Rescue Aspen and the Colorado Air National Guard responded, Grady said.

The ground team was able to locate Brown on the ledge, where rescuers stabilized her injuries and conducted a “high-angle transport” of the victim down to the Montezuma Basin snowfield below. A Colorado Air National Guard helicopter met rescuers there to transport Brown to AVH, according to Grady.

The rescue effort took about seven and a half hours, Grady said.

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