A hiker died near Lazy Z Road and Winiger Ridge Trail, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.
Rescue personnel, comprised of Rocky Mountain Rescue Group (RMR), the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder County Emergency Services, the Boulder County Coroner’s Office, Coal Creek Fire Department, and the Gilpin County Ambulance Service responded to the 911 call from the hiker’s son at about 3:00 p.m on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019. The son of the 64-year-old male hiker says his father collapsed and was unresponsive while the two were hiking in an area off the trail.
The male hiker was found unresponsive and not breathing. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and the victim was pronounced deceased by on-scene medical personnel.
Authorities say there is “nothing suspicious” about the incident at this time. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The official cause of death is pending further investigation from the Boulder County Coroner’s Office and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.
When it comes to hiking Colorado, always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return. In case of an emergency, call 911. Provide the dispatcher with your location include the name of the trail, approximate distance, and nearest road or town if possible. If you’re hiking in a remote area without cellphone service, issue a signal of distress. This can include a whistle or light flashed in repeated intervals.
Altitude sickness is something to be aware of while hiking in Colorado, especially if you’re visiting from out of state. Anyone can be susceptible to this condition, regardless of age or fitness level. Here’s a list of a few different things you should know about altitude sickness.
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