Missing climber found alive near Pyramid Peak after two days in snow
March 7, 2017
A 23-year-old mountaineer missing for two days after attempting to climb Pyramid Peak was found alive late Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
A person out running several miles up Maroon Creek Road first ran into Ryan Montoya some time around 4 p.m. Tuesday, then continued running down the road until the person found Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers on snowmobiles heading up the road, said Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Alex Burchetta.
Those volunteers transported him down the closed road to the Mountain Rescue staging area near the T-Lazy 7 Ranch, he said.
Montoya, missing since Sunday, likely came down the east side of the Pyramid Peak ridge and ended up on Maroon Creek Road, said Hugh Zucker of Mountain Rescue Aspen.
“We were delighted he was OK,” Zucker said. “He came out that far on his own power – that was a surprise.”
Montoya was suffering from frostbite, though the extent of his injuries was not immediately known Tuesday evening, Burchetta said. He was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital about 5 p.m., he said.