Lost climber on North Maroon Peak rescued | AspenTimes.com

Lost climber on North Maroon Peak rescued

Volunteers from Mountain Rescue Aspen located a hiker lost on North Maroon Peak on Thursday night and walked him out of the wilderness, according to a news release.

The uninjured climber was first reported to authorities about 8 p.m. Wednesday by his climbing partner, who said they'd voluntarily parted because they were moving at different paces, the release states. The partner said he wanted to notify law enforcement of the situation but was not requesting assistance because his friend was not in distress.

However, the climber still hadn't returned by 3:45 p.m. Thursday, so 25 MRA volunteers on three different teams began searching for the man, the release states. Teams included those on foot, an observation crew and a third flying a drone.

The hiker was located about 6:30 p.m. "cliffed out" in an off-route area and walked out under his own power, the release states.