Campers with broken gear and no food rescued after 9-hour operation, Colorado cops say
Campers were left with no way to prepare food while stranded on a hiking trail after some of their gear broke, Colorado lawmakers said.
The campers were on a difficult 18-mile hiking trail near Aspen on May 20, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said. The two were about 6 miles down the Conundrum Creek Trail when they were stranded.
"It was reported that one of the campers suffered from frostbite and was unable to move," the sheriff's office said in a release. "The campers, both in their 20s, also had multiple gearbox failures and were unable to cook food."
With no food and broken gear, the campers called for help around 12:40 p.m., MPs said. Around 2:30 p.m., Aspen Mountain Rescue sent a team of people to find her.
Rescuers found the campers on the trail nearly two and a half hours later.
The campers were not injured and were able to leave with the help of volunteers. The rescue took about nine hours.
"Mountain Rescue Aspen would like to remind users in the backcountry to exercise caution and be prepared for forecast weather conditions when navigating the backcountry," MPs said.
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