On Monday, around 5:00pm, the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center received a phone call from a climber in distress. The climber, later identified as Jennifer Kellogg of St. Joseph, Missouri, stated that she was somewhere below the summit of North Maroon Peak on the west side of the mountain. Kellogg stated that she and her 21-year-old daughter, Alexandra, also of St. Joseph, Missouri, had reached the summit of Maroon Peak and then North Maroon Peak before descending down the mountain. Jennifer Kellogg stated that during the descent, Alexandra, who was climbing ahead of her, followed the wrong route and ended up in a position where she could no longer climb down or up. Jennifer Kellogg lost sight of Alexandra, but could hear her say “I can’t hold on much longer.” Jennifer Kellogg was then able to ascend back below the summit of North Maroon peak, traversing along the west side of the peak until she could find a cell phone signal and call 911.
North Maroon Peak is a 14,014-foot peak located in the Elk Mountains approximately 12 miles southwest of Aspen.
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