Skier lost near Aspen makes his own way out
A skier who was the focus of repeated rescue efforts late yesterday was able to ski out of the backcountry near the ghost town of Ashcroft 14 miles southwest of Aspen about 6:25 a.m. today. The man arrived at the Lindley Hut, where personnel from Mountain Rescue Aspen had set up a staging area where rescue attempts were to begin today.
The man, whose name was not released, was dehydrated and in some pain, but did not require hospitalization.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department said the man will seek his own medical evaluation later this morning.
Efforts to rescue the man began about 5:30 p.m. Sunday when the injured man’s skiing partner told deputies his partner had fallen while descending Star Peak and injured his left leg.
Two efforts to rescue the man were made late Sunday by Flight for Life helicopters. The first attempt was made at 7:23 p.m. and the second attempt at 11:13 p.m. Sunday.
Both attempts had to be canceled when the pilots encountered high winds over the rugged mountains.
Six Mountain Rescue personnel spent the night at the Lindley Hut, where the two skiers had departed on Sunday, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department.
The department said that the name of the injured skier is not being released at this time.