ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A hiker from Missouri is recovering after a rare nighttime rescue from the mountains near Aspen.
Rescuers reached 28-year-old Christopher Michael Fontaine of the Kansas City suburb of Grain Valley in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness around 9 p.m. Tuesday. The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office says rescuers called for a helicopter to airlift him immediately because of his condition.READ MORE: Jeffco Public Schools Aims To Offer Flexibility With Remote Learning Next Fall
No other details were immediately available but he was flown to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment.READ MORE: COVID In Aurora: Signs For Vaccine Become Sticking Point Between Clinic & City
Rescuers began searching for Fontaine Tuesday afternoon after getting reports of a hiker in distress near Snowmass Lake and a call from Fontaine’s employer after he failed to show up for work.
The lake is located at about 11,000 feet. The Aspen Times reports it’s a popular midpoint camping spot for hikers climbing Snowmass Mountain.MORE NEWS: Douglas County Schools To Bring Middle & High School Students Back After Spring Break
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