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Missing snowboarder in Boulder County found safe

The snowboarder was reported overdue Sunday night near the Caribou townsite.

BOULDER, Colo. — The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said a snowboarder who was reported overdue Sunday night after getting lost near the Caribou Townsite has been found safe.

The sheriff's office said the snowboarder, a 50-year-old man from Louisville, was snowboarding on U.S. Forest Service land near the old Caribou Townsite west of Nederland. 

Rescue crews were unable to reach the area Sunday night due to weather, the sheriff's office said. Monday, searchers found his car at the trailhead and initiated a large-scale search for him. The Caribou townsite parking lot was closed Monday as crews conducted their search.

Deputies said the man was unfamiliar with the area and got lost after snowboarding down what he thought was Klondike Mountain. When it got dark, he built a small shelter and stayed warm by running in place. At daylight Monday, he began hiking to self-rescue, the sheriff's office said. 

Rescuers found him around 6:30 that evening and helped him walk out to the trailhead. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released. 



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