Rescuers spend night on 14er with injured climber

PITKIN COUNTY – Nine volunteers from Mountain Rescue Aspen spent the night with a 55-year-old climber from Milwaukee who was injured after falling 25 feet near the summit of Pyramid Peak Friday.


They first received a call about the incident at around 8:05 p.m. from the victim's partner, a 53-year-old man from Chicago.

Nine rescuers from MRA went to the Pyramid Peak trailhead at the Maroon Bells parking lot. Four of them left the trailhead at around 10:50 p.m. to find the injured climber. Another team of five rescuers left at 11:54 p.m.

The first team found the injured man at around 2:45 a.m. on the northeast ridge of the mountain. His injuries weren't life-threatening, but he couldn't walk, according to the Pitkin Sheriff's Office.

They gave him food, water and warm clothing. When the second team arrived, the sheriff's office says they gave the injured climber bottled oxygen as they waited for morning, ultimately spending the night at approximately 13,030 feet.

A Blackhawk helicopter arrived at around 7:45 a.m., and airlifted the injured climber to the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, where he was taken to the hospital. Two climbers went with him in the helicopter, and the rest hiked down to the trailhead with his companion.

Pyramid Peak stands at 14,026 feet, and is the 47th highest mountain in Colorado. The northeast and northwest ridges of the mountain are some of the most difficult and dangerous of all standard routes on Colorado 14ers.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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