Aspen team rescues climber on Snowmass Mountain

By Real Aspen
Real AspenOctober 1, 2012
An injured climber was rescued from Snowmass Mountain and taken to the hospital in critical condition over the weekend.

Pitkin County authorities received word of a climber in distress at about 11:40 p.m. Saturday but the rescue mission was forwarded to Gunnison County since it was determined that was where the injured party was located, according to a Pitkin County Sheriff's Office press release.

Authorities did not release the climber's name or details about the extent of his injuries or how they occurred.

"Mountain Rescue Aspen personnel offered to assist and were asked to remain on standby," the press release said.
Snowmass Mountain
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Not to be confused with Snowmass Ski Area or Snowmass Peak, Snowmass Mountain rises 14,099 feet high in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness west of Aspen. The mountain shares borders with both Pitkin and Gunnison counties.

At 12:40 p.m. Sunday, the Gunnison County Sheriff's Office informed Mountain Rescue Aspen that assistance wasn't need. That changed at 4 p.m. when the Gunnison sheriff asked for Mountain Rescue Aspen to help save the man via a Rifle-based DBS helicopter, the press release said.

"Mountain Rescue Aspen mobilized immediately and sent personnel into the field. Gunnison County Search and Rescue personnel transported the injured climber to an appropriate heli- spot above Gem Lake where he was then transported by helicopter to Aspen Valley Hospital," the press release said, adding that the Gunnison sheriff also asked the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office for mutual aid Sunday evening.

The injured climber arrived at Aspen Valley Hospital at about 7 p.m. where the trauma team was on standby. From there, he was flown to Swedish Medical Center in Denver where the climber was last known to be in critical condition.

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