Search and rescue crews found a married couple shivering in the cold without water near the summit of a Colorado fourteener around midnight on Sunday evening.

According to Chaffee County Search and Rescue (CCSAR) South, the team was paged at about 8:00 PM for an injured hiker who was unable to descend any further down Mount Shavano. The married couple had summited the 14,232-foot peak nearly three hours earlier.

Rescue crews responded, hiking up with the trail with a quick-litter, harness system, and extra warm layers. The pair of stranded hikers were located at about 12,800 feet, shortly before midnight.

While there was no obvious injury on the female hiker, she was unable to bear any weight descending the mountain. The husband was assisted back down the trailhead by search and rescue, while the wife was transported via air ambulance to a local hospital in Salida. All search and rescue team members were safely out of the field by 5:30 AM.

Mount Shavano, which is considered to be a 14er, is located in San Isabel National Forest. Here’s a look at where it’s located on the map.

Editor’s Note: Here’s a quick piece regarding why we’ve decided to include accident and death coverage in our collection of content.

The mountains are unpredictable. This is why all hikers should be prepared with extra layers, food, water, first-aid, and a source of light such as a headlamp or flashlight.

Editor’s Note: Help fund search and rescue missions across the state of Colorado by purchasing a CORSAR card at This is not an insurance card. By purchasing a card, you are helping reimburse teams for costs incurred in providing help to lost and injured hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, hunters, ATV riders, skiers, snowboarders, and more.

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