Aspen area team rescues woman from K2 area of Capitol Peak

Pitkin County emergency crews rescued a woman from the K2 area of Capitol Peak in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area early Sunday morning after she suffered an asthma attack on the mountain.

A climber called 911 at 6:25 p.m. Saturday because his partner needed medical care, according to a news release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Mountain Rescue Aspen called the Colorado Army National Guard at 7:51 p.m. to send a helicopter for the woman, but weather conditions prevented it from reaching her.

At 10:58 p.m., a Flight for Life helicopter was called but it also could not reach the woman because of the weather.

Then at 1:38 a.m. Sunday, a CareFlight helicopter was able to reach her after the weather improved. She was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment, the news release said. Her climbing partner hiked out with the Mountain Rescue team. Thirteen people participated in the rescue, which wrapped up at 3:50 a.m.

The Mountain Rescue team reminded people to bring their medication while in the backcountry and to pack enough equipment and food to spend an unexpected night in the wilderness.

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