Monday, November 12, 2007
Another close call on Pyramid Peak...
With thin, patchy snow and ice on unstable rock, this may be the most dangerous time of year to climb a peak, as can be seen in this report from the Denver Post:
A 23-year-old climber who was struck on the head by a boulder on Pyramid Peak near Aspen and tumbled about 60 feet was evacuated by helicopter to Aspen Valley Hospital Saturday.Andy McClure was injured at about 13,000 feet after he dislodged a boulder and slid, officials said.The boulder struck him on the head as he was tumbling down the mountain.The accident happened about 10 a.m. on a part of the 14,018-foot mountain that is covered with ice, snow and sliding rock, Kremer said.McClure was climbing with Ian Noel of Colorado Springs when he was injured.Noel helped McClure descend about 30 feet to a stable ledge, but because of McClure's leg injury, he could not walk, Kremer said.Noel then climbed down the mountain and drove to Aspen, where he contacted authorities about noon.Rescue workers reached McClure by 2 p.m.
Posted by Dave Philipps at 7:41 AM