Rescuers find Thompson Creek hiker
August 1, 2012
CARBONDALE – A Wisconsin man who became separated from his companions Monday in the North Thompson Creek area outside of Carbondale was found Tuesday morning at a private residence. He had hiked through the night, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities were notified of a lost hiker at about 6 p.m. Monday. Ernie Rikli, 75, of Ridgeway, Wis., was hiking with friends when they became separated. He was able to call for help with a cellphone.
The county Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen responded. Around 8 p.m. Monday, two Mountain Rescue teams were sent into the field. They did not find Rikli, and the search was suspended around 4 a.m. Rescuers waited for daybreak to resume the effort. Rikli was found at a private residence on Four Mile Road in Garfield County around 10 a.m. Tuesday.
North Thompson Creek is outside Carbondale and about 20 miles northwest of Aspen in Pitkin County.