Three Kansas brothers lost on South Maroon Peak rescued
August 18, 2016
Two members of Mountain Rescue Aspen helped three brothers from Kansas City, Kansas, down from high on South Maroon Peak on Wednesday night after they became lost and impaired by weather, according to a statement.
Emergency dispatchers first received a call from the brothers about 4:30 p.m. reporting that they'd gotten off-route and were having trouble negotiating rocks that had become slippery when storms snowed and hailed on them, according to the statement from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy George Kremer said he spoke with one of the brothers by cellphone about that time, which allowed deputies and Mountain Rescue volunteers to know exactly where they were based on cellphone information, Kremer said.
Two Mountain Rescue ground teams walked in while two other members were able to hitch a ride via a Blackhawk helicopter based in Gypsum to within 40 to 50 yards of the brothers at about 13,200 feet, Kremer said. The two Mountain Rescue members reached the brothers at about 7:30 p.m., checked that they weren't injured and began walking out with them.
The brothers — ages 27, 29 and 31 — were out of the backcountry by about 10 p.m., Kremer said.