Thanks, Mountain Rescue |

Thanks, Mountain Rescue

Dear Editor:

Years ago, I often went to the house on Main Street to get a key for one of the huts run by Mountain Rescue Aspen, but it wasn’t until recently, when I injured my knee coming down from American Lake, that it dawned on me who these people really are and what it is they really do.

First on the scene were fellow hikers Jeannie and Mark. One stayed with me and the other hiked out and called MRA. About 15 volunteers showed up, well equipped and well trained, and cheerfully and safely lugged me down the steep, dark trail to a waiting ambulance. From my warm and secure position in the litter I remember a few names…Ray, John, BJ, Sally, Libby, Big Daddy … there were others. These folks are very good at what they do and really seem to thrive on it.

Days later, I attempted to contact MRA (nothing in the phone book and the sheriff’s dispatcher deflects all but emergencies). I found their website at, where I quickly came to realize that this group is all about rescuing people from the backcountry, not seeking the notoriety that doing what they do, in a town named Aspen, could easily garner. MRA accepts donations and receives some reimbursement from the state if the person rescued has a hunting or fishing license or a CORSAR (hiker’s) card. I now have a 5-year card.

Thanks, Mountain Rescue Aspen!

Fred Wooden


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