Counselor evacuated from trail | AspenTimes.com

Counselor evacuated from trail

Naomi Havlen

Mountain Rescue Aspen carried a woman counselor from the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf out from the Capitol Lake area on Friday morning after she reportedly became ill on Thursday evening.The counselor was involved Thursday in the search for two hearing-impaired campers who wandered away from their group. According to Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office deputy John Armstrong, the counselor, 24, helped report the two 13-year-old missing campers by hiking toward the trailhead until she ran into an outfitter on horseback, who notified authorities of the disappearance.The two boys were found unharmed on Thursday afternoon with other campers in the area, and the counselor hiked back toward Capitol Lake, seven miles from the trailhead, to set up a campsite to stay in the area one more night.Armstrong said the woman became ill around 10 p.m., and her group was able to contact authorities with cell phone service near the campsite. Four members of Mountain Rescue Aspen hiked into the area at 2:30 a.m.By dawn Friday morning, the woman’s condition had “improved greatly,” Armstrong said, although since she was still a medical concern, she was brought out on a stretcher with a wheel attached at 8:30 a.m. The woman was about five miles up the Capitol Creek trail, and the team reached the trailhead with her at 11:45 a.m.Basalt Ambulance transported her to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com

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