According to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, a 47-year-old male climber was airlifted after tumbling 150-feet down a snowfield on Cathedral Peak near Aspen, Colorado.
The Pitkin County Combined Regional Communication Center received a report of an emergency “Spot Device” activation at about 7:45 a.m on Sunday, July 21, 2019, with a location of 700 feet south of the peak’s summit for an injured climber who suffered an ankle injury, bruising, and abrasions.
A Flight for Life Helicopter was able to pinpoint the location of the climbing party at an elevation of 13,200 feet on the east face of Cathedral Peak, according to an official press release about the incident.
Mountain Rescue Aspen personnel reached the two individuals at approximately 11:38 a.m. The injured climber was then flown by a Flight for Life medical helicopter to a nearby hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
Standing at 13,950 feet, Cathedral Peak is located within the Elk Mountains in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of White River National Forest.
Officials are reminding hikers to update their emergency location devices to units that allow for two-way communication with rescue services.
Thanks goes out to the several agencies involved in this mountain rescue including Mountain Rescue Aspen, St. Anthony’s Flight for Life helicopter based in Frisco, and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
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