Rescuers escort hiker out of Maroon Bells Wilderness |

Rescuers escort hiker out of Maroon Bells Wilderness

Staff report

Volunteers from Mountain Rescue Aspen escorted a 23-year-old Pueblo man out of the Maroon Bells Wilderness on Sunday after he became ill with altitude sickness, according to a news release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

The unidentified man was with a group of four friends who were hiking Saturday between Buckskin Pass and Willow Pass when he was afflicted with “extreme” altitude sickness, the release states. When he wasn’t well enough to hike out Sunday, a member of his party hiked out to Aspen Highlands and reported the friend’s condition to the Forest Service.

Three Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers, including a paramedic, hiked in to the area on foot and made contact with the man just above Crater Lake on the trail to Buckskin Pass, according to the release. Another four volunteers helped walk the man out to Maroon Lake, where he was met by an ambulance and taken to Aspen Valley Hospital around 2:30 p.m.

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