Rescuers find missing hiker alive
Aspen, CO Colorado
MINTURN, Colo. ” A 23-year-old Missouri man has been found alive after disappearing in Colorado’s Holy Cross Wilderness on Saturday.
Rescuers say Jacob Gately of Lee’s Summit had no life-threatening injuries when he was found Monday, despite enduring wintry weather in jeans, tennis shoes, a fleece garment and a rain jacket.
“He’s got a little frostbite and is a little hypothermic, but he’s going to make it,” said Kim Andree, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
Jacob Gately, 23, and his brother Josh Gately, 24, both of Lee’s Summit, Mo., were hiking down from the summit of the 14,005-foot Mount of the Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon when they were separated at 13,000 feet, according to authorities. Jacob did not return to their campsite and his brother reported him missing Saturday evening.
Rescuers from the Vail Mountain Rescue Group had been searching since Sunday morning for Jacob. They found tracks in the snow believed to be Jacob’s on Sunday, but were forced to suspend the search that evening. The effort resumed Monday morning.
On Monday, rescuers were searching with 11 volunteers from Eagle, Grand and Routt counties, a dog and a helicopter, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The rescue teams were searching a six-mile stretch of the Halfmoon Trail between 10,000 and 12,000 feet in elevation. As much as a foot of snow has fallen there since Saturday.
Gately is an experienced hiker, but was not prepared to camp when he separated from his brother, according to authorities. He carried water and an energy bar.
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