Men rescued on climb at Maroon Bells near Aspen
August 10, 2012
ASPEN – Rescuers pulled two men from the wilderness between the Maroon Bells southwest of Aspen on Thursday, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
A man called authorities around 1:40 p.m. Thursday from the traverse between Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, a statement from the Sheriff’s Office said. The caller said his hiking companion, a 40-year-old man, was suffering from shortness of breath and other medical issues, which prevented their descent, the statement said.
The summits of Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak are located about 10 miles southwest of the city of Aspen at 14,156 feet and 14,014 feet, respectively.
A Black Hawk helicopter based out of the Eagle County airport responded to the upper parking lot of the Maroon Lake scenic area, where it was met by members of Mountain Rescue Aspen and flew them to an area close to the climbers, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The victim and his climbing companion boarded the helicopter around 5:55 p.m., the statement said. The victim was evaluated by Aspen Ambulance and transported to Aspen Valley Hospital for further evaluation, the statement said.
Mountain Rescue Aspen issued a public reminder that the Elk Mountains are treacherous and climbers should be fully prepared to spend the night in the wilderness unexpectedly.