Two hikers found, two missing on Colorado fourteener
August 12, 2009
EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. – Rescuers found two hurt hikers in Eagle County late Tuesday – but they weren’t the two missing hikers they were looking for.
Searchers were scouring the Mount of the Holy Cross area Tuesday after two “middle-aged” hikers who were reported missing, last seen Monday near the 14,005-foot summit.
Late Tuesday, rescuers came across two injured hikers, one with a head injury and one with a knee injury, on Cross Creek, said Dan Smith of the Vail Mountain Rescue Group. They soon realized these weren’t the two hikers that were reported missing and were completely unrelated to the missing hikers, Smith said. Rescuers were walking down the creek with the injured people late Tuesday, he said.
The still-missing hikers were last seen Monday hiking toward the summit of Mount of the Holy Cross. That search was suspended at 5 p.m. Tuesday and was to resume Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. with the help of a Black Hawk helicopter from the Colorado National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Center, Smith said.
Rescuers found no sign of the men Tuesday, Smith said.
The two missing men, whose names have not been released, were last seen at 3:30 p.m. Monday at approximately 13,500 feet. The summit is 14,005 feet in elevation, and Holy Cross is Eagle County’s highest peak and only 14er.
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Smith said the men, whose names and hometowns were not released, are not local residents.
The search began shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday when the hikers did not return to their campsite at Cross Creek at the base of the mountain. Another hiker that was waiting at the campsite called authorities. Vail Mountain Rescue sent two teams into the field on foot with a search and rescue dog.
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Vail Mountain Rescue assisted with the rescue operations.