Thanks, kind stranger
On Dec. 22, 2008, one incredible man stopped to help me, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I had slid off Power Plant Road. I had taken this short cut many times in my life, this time only narrowly missing driving off the road. I did not get this man’s name, but I am eternally grateful. He called the police, who rescued us with their tractor. I had my mother and my daughters in the car and, although I have good tires, they are not made for the snow in Aspen.
I want to formally thank Rick Magnuson, Jeff Fain and Matt Vaughn for pulling me out. Thank you, Jeff, for falling in the snow; thank you, Rick, for standing by, and thank you, Matt, for pulling us out and making sure we got down the hill. Thank you, Rick, for driving up the other side and making sure we were on Cemetery Lane.
Most of all, I would like to thank the brave soul who ventured out of his Subaru and helped me. I do not know your name, but would like to thank you nonetheless. You did a really good thing, and your kind act is and was appreciated. Thank you for calling the police, and thank all of you for helping me and my family in a scary and difficult situation.
Jennifer “Gigi” Oakes Pielsticker
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Mountain Rescue Aspen is expanding its education efforts to try to keep people safe in the backcountry during winters and summers. It will host a workshop on Dec. 8 titled, “How to Plan a Backcountry Tour.”