Front Range man dies on Conundrum Trail
At 12:30 p.m. Friday the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a Front Range man had collapsed on Conundrum Trail, approximately 4.5 miles below the hot springs, and that CPR was in progress. The Sheriff’s Office immediately contacted Mountain Rescue Aspen. Mountain Rescue then contacted Flight for Life to have them fly to the man’s location and to mobilize its members to hike to his location. Flight for Life was able to land approximately one half mile from the subject, hike to him and confirm that he had died.
Mountain Rescue Aspen arrived on the scene soon afterward and moved the subject to the helicopter to be flown to Sardy Field and transferred to Aspen Valley Hospital by the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office.
The identity of the victim has not been released until proper notification has been made to his next of kin.
In all, nine members of Mountain Rescue were involved in the incident, seven of whom used four all-terrain vehicles to travel the first two miles of the trail and then hiked the remainder of the distance with equipment to carry the man to the helicopter. Mountain Rescue Aspen and Flight for Life provided assistance during the operation.
Mountain Rescue Aspen and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public who travel into the backcountry to purchase a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue card. The proceeds from the card help reimburse the Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen for expenses incurred and equipment lost or damaged during missions.
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