Injured climber rescued at Snowmass Mountain
October 1, 2012
ASPEN – An injured climber was rescued at Snowmass Mountain on Sunday afternoon and transported to Aspen Valley Hospital, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
The climber was not identified in a Sheriff’s Office news release Sunday night. Mountain Rescue Aspen personnel joined forces with the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office in rescuing the individual, the news release said.
The rescue effort got underway at 11:40 p.m. Saturday. when Aspen-Pitkin County emergency dispatchers received a call. After it was determined that the climber’s location was in Gunnison County, the rescue mission was passed on to the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office. Mountain Rescue Aspen personnel offered to assist and were placed on standby, the news release said.
At 4 p.m. Sunday, the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office asked Mountain Rescue Aspen to assist DBS Helicopters of Rifle in evacuating the injured climber. Local personnel were sent into the field. Some time later, Gunnison County Search and Rescue personnel took the inured climber to an appropriate helicopter-landing spot above Gem Lake. The individual was airlifted to Aspen Valley Hospital and arrived at 7 p.m., the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said.
The injured climber reportedly was in critical condition, and hospital workers prepared for another airlift transport to Swedish Medical Center in Denver, the news release said.
All Aspen Mountain Rescue workers were out of the field by 7 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office.
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Snowmass Mountain, which is southwest of Snowmass Village and west of Aspen, rises to 14,099 feet in the Maroon-Bells Snowmass Wilderness Area. It is not to be confused with Snowmass Peak or Snowmass Ski Area, the Sheriff’s Office said.