Two people plucked from backcountry over weekend
Two helicopters and two Mountain Rescue Aspen teams were deployed over the weekend in separate backcountry incidents.
Both victims, one a hunter who sustained injuries on Aspen Mountain after falling out of a tree stand and the other who suffered altitude sickness on West Maroon Trail, were taken out of the field Saturday and Sunday by helicopter.
On Saturday, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office received word that a hiker was ill on the West Maroon Trail, approximately one mile above Crater Lake. With the help of Forest Service rangers, MRA made contact and received an update of the individual’s symptoms.
Rescue personnel and a helicopter from Rifle-based Careflight evacuated the hiker in the late afternoon.
Early Sunday morning, the emergency dispatch center received a call reporting an injured hunter in the area of Walsh’s on Aspen Mountain.
An MRA team made contact with the patient and began to provide care. A helicopter from the High Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site was launched and successfully extricated the patient.
The caller, a member of the man’s hunting group, reported that the patient had fallen from a tree stand while hunting in steep terrain.
The man’s injuries left him immobile and in need of emergency medical help. Due to the difficult terrain in the area and the patient’s injuries a high- altitude helicopter was launched from Eagle.
He was successfully hoisted and then transported to Aspen Valley Hospital and later to a Denver-area hospital.
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