Lost hiker found
September 14, 2005
An Aspen woman who got lost while running on Tuesday afternoon in the Hunter Creek Valley was found by a member of Mountain Rescue Aspen this morning.
The woman was found between seven and eight miles northwest of Aspen in an area bordering the Hunter/Frying Pan Wilderness and was in good health, according to a press release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. The release said that the woman spent the night outdoors, moving a few hours at a time for warmth and sleeping occasionally until daybreak.
The woman had been running earlier in the day in the Hunter Creek Valley when she became separated from her companion. When she failed to return home, her running partner called the sheriff’s office.
Members of the sheriff’s office and Mountain Rescue Aspen, along with some search dog teams, searched in the area until nightfall. The search resumed at daylight on Wednesday, assisted by 15 members of Mountain Rescue Aspen on foot and all-terrain vehicles, sheriff’s office deputies and members of the Aspen Police Department, as well as two search dogs and a helicopter canvassing the area.
The woman was found at 10:15 a.m.