Man rescued off Snowmass Mountain
Rescue teams airlifted a man off of Snowmass Mountain Sunday, after the man became separated from his climbing party the day before and spent the night above treeline.
As Snowmass Mountain, a fourteener located in the Snowmass-Maroon Bells Wilderness, is actually in Gunnison County, the sheriff’s office there initially took on the rescue. The first call for help came in around 11:40 p.m. on Saturday, from other members of the injured hiker’s climbing party. Mountain Rescue Aspen teams remained on standby.
At 4 p.m. Sunday, Gunnison County asked Mountain Rescue to assist DBS Helicopter in evacuating the injured climber. Mountain Rescue Aspen mobilized immediately and sent personnel into the field. Gunnison County Search and Rescue personnel transported the injured climber to an appropriate heli-landing spot above Gem Lake where he was then transported by helicopter to Aspen Valley Hospital, according to a Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office press release.
The injured climber arrived at Aspen Valley Hospital at approximately 7 p.m. where the trauma team was on standby; he remained in critical condition and was airlifted to Swedish Medical Center in Denver.
Medical foundation launches TV show
The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation (AVMF) is launching a new television program on Grassroots TV entitled “Our Work in Progress,” which aired for the first time on Sunday.
The show will feature various aspects of AVMF’s work, including mental health services and the development of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Basalt.
The show’s first installment carried an interview with Kris Marsh, president of AVMF, as a way to introduce the audience to the mission and purpose of the nonprofit organization.
Later weeks will feature specials on the Aspen Hope Center, which seeks to connect more people with mental health care, as well as a discussion about the valley’s homeless population.
Each week the show will air on Sundays at 7 a.m., Mondays at 11 a.m., Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at noon and 10 p.m. For further information, contact AVMF at 544-1298 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Grassroots TV is community access television for Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, and is typically found on channel 12.