Woman carried out of Aspen-area valley after spending night with broken ankle
A woman with an injured ankle was carried out of Conundrum Creek Valley by members of Mountain Rescue Aspen after spending the night below the Conundrum Hot Springs, officials said in a news release issued Wednesday.
The rescue came after the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a U.S. Forest Service employee at approximately 4:25 p.m. Tuesday. The caller said a USFS trail crew had encountered an injured woman who had slipped and injured her right ankle. The woman, who is in her mid-40s, was with a male companion about 6.7 miles up the Conundrum Creek Trail.
“The USFS crew was able to provide shelter and a basic level of comfort for the woman overnight,” the news release said. “The woman and her companion had already been prepared to camp overnight.”
A Mountain Rescue team hiked out at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning to carry her out and reached her at 9:15 a.m. By 1:30 p.m., the 16 members of the all-volunteer rescue team had brought her to safety, the release said.
It was standing room only Tuesday evening as Aspen residents packed into the Pearl Pass conference room of City Hall for a conversation around emergency preparedness.