Rescue attempted |

Rescue attempted

Janet Urquhart

A snowboarder trapped in tricky terrain outside the Aspen Highlandsski area boundary was the focus of a rescue effort last night.At press time Wednesday, members of Mountain Rescue Aspen andthe Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol were attempting to rescue the man,who was stranded on a cliff in the Anonymity area, according toMac Smith, director of the Highlands patrol.Patrol members were preparing to escort rescuers into the areaif at all possible.”It sounds like we’re going to attempt a rescue – we have a decentmoon,” Smith said. “I’m not really sure what we’re going to dojust yet.”Smith believed rescuers had voice contact with the man, reportedlya boarder, using bullhorns from Maroon Creek Road.Anonymity is located about halfway between Maroon Bowl and OlympicBowl. “It’s real steep,” Smith said.The man was not in a closed area, but rather in backcountry terrainbeyond the ski area boundary that is open to use, Smith said.

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