August 18, 2022


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Injured climber rescued on Snowmass Mountain Sunday

Snowmass Lake and Snowmass Mountain on Saturday, July 3, 2021.
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Rescuers and a helicopter responded to an hurt climber on Snowmass Mountain on Sunday soon after the 29-12 months-aged Denver lady experienced two leg accidents due to rockfall, in accordance to a Pitkin County news launch.

The Pitkin County Regional Crisis Dispatch Heart acquired a 911 phone from the woman’s climbing companion all over 10:30 a.m., in accordance to the release. They had been located at an altitude of about 13,500 ft on Snowmass Mountain, which is located about 14 miles west of Aspen and tops out at a summit of 14,099 feet around Snowmass Lake.

“The two climbers have been aided by a solo climber who transpired upon them, an Emergency Clinical Technician (EMT), who was making a solo attempt to climb Snowmass Mountain,” the release states. 

“The group of a few climbers were in a position to talk with Unexpected emergency Dispatchers by means of mobile cellular phone, but communication was not trusted as the cell cellular phone calls dropped frequently,” according to the release. “The EMT aiding the climbers documented that the hurt climber was not able to place the overall fat of her system on her injured leg, and that any even further movement down the mountain would be sluggish and laborious.” 

Mountain Rescue Aspen mobilized 23 members of the all-volunteer rescue staff. The health care air transportation service CareFLIGHT of the Rockies also mobilized a helicopter to reply.

The helicopter inserted a Mountain Rescue Aspen member into a snowfield at about 13,000 toes on the east facet of the mountain close to 12:30 p.m. “in an endeavor to locate the injured climber,” according to the launch. The rescuer positioned the climber all over 1 p.m. and assessed her injuries. 

“After evaluating accidents and stabilizing the affected person, the team was ready to enable the wounded climber transfer about 300 yards across the slope, where the helicopter from CareFLIGHT of the Rockies had landed,” the release states. 

“At somewhere around 2:12 p.m., the injured climber was loaded into the helicopter and flown to Aspen Valley Hospital for even further health care treatment,” according to the launch. “All rescuers have been out of the field by 3:00 p.m.”