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Mountain Rescue aiding ill camp counselor

Naomi Havlen

A Mountain Rescue Aspen team is carrying a counselor with the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf out from the Capitol Lake area today, after she reportedly became ill Thursday evening.

This is the second time in as many days that rescuers have mounted a search/rescue for parties from the school, located in Old Snowmass.

The counselor, a woman, was involved in yesterday’s search for two hearing-impaired teens after the boys wandered away from their group, which was camping at Capitol Lake in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

According to Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy John Armstrong, the counselor hiked out of Capitol Lake Thursday to report the two missing 13-year-olds. She encountered an outfitter on horseback who notified authorities of the boys’ disappearance.

The boys were found unharmed on Thursday afternoon, in the company of other campers. The counselor hiked back toward Capitol Lake, seven miles from the trailhead, to set up a campsite to stay in the area for one more night.

Armstrong said that the woman became ill around 10 p.m.; her group was able to contact authorities via cell phone from near the campsite. Three members of Mountain Rescue Aspen hiked into the area last night in the dark.

Although he was not clear on her symptoms, Armstrong said it “sounded like more than high-altitude syndrome.” She was reportedly suffering from fatigue and dehydration.

By dawn this morning, the woman’s condition had “improved greatly,” Armstrong said. Nonetheless, she is being brought out on a litter ” or a stretcher ” with a wheel attached.

Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com


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