Stranded hiker found by Summit County Rescue Group |

Stranded hiker found by Summit County Rescue Group

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The Summit County Rescue Group was called to rescue a missing hiker on Quandary Peak Saturday night. The hiker was found by midnight and reunited with friends by 12:45 a.m.

According to Jim Koegel, spokesman for the rescue group, the 22-year-old man from the Colorado Springs area left the Quandary Trailhead at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. At about 8 p.m., his friends said he called to say his headlamp had died and that he was “stuck.” They were unsuccessful in locating their missing friend on their own, so they called 911 dispatch at 9:08 p.m. for help. The Summit County Rescue Group received the page at 9:38 p.m.

Koegel said responders arrived on scene at 10 p.m. The initial team of two located the young man’s friends and gathered details about their friend’s outing as they waited for other members to arrive. Three teams performed the search, and it was the team highest on the mountain who made contact with the missing hiker at about midnight. Rescuers said he was found responsive and in good health, but was tired, cold and hungry, Koegel said. He was reunited with friends at the trailhead at around 12:45 a.m.

“People can improve their success in hiking Colorado’s peaks by starting early, sticking to their plan and being sure to have emergency supplies on their person at all times,” Koegel said. “On a positive note, once the subject realized he was getting off course, he requested help, sheltered himself from the wind and waited for assistance.”

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