MRA, CareFlight rescue woman from Castle Peak

Aspen Daily News Staff Report
An unidentified woman who had fallen about 30 feet on Castle Peak Saturday was taken via helicopter to Aspen Valley Hospital with unknown injuries.

Volunteers from Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) were notified about the injured woman at about 3:15 p.m. from the Aspen-Pitkin County Communications Center via a party using an emergency beacon system. The injured woman was conscious and breathing, but unable to move.

MRA mobilized immediately, entered the field around 3:45 p.m. and made contact with the 30-year-old patient approximately 1,500 feet below the summit about an hour later.

Rescue personnel were able to determine that additional medical care was needed, and a helicopter from CareFlight at St. Mary’s Hospital was called to the scene.

Around 6:30 p.m., the CareFlight helicopter was able to land at approximately 12,800 feet and load the patient without incident. The patient was then transported to Aspen Valley Hospital for further medical treatment. 

Castle Peak is a 14,279-foot peak located in the Elk Mountains along the Pitkin-Gunnison county line. It is the highest point in Pitkin County and is used heavily by hikers and climbers in the summer months.

Deputies from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and 13 members from MRA responded to the scene. All rescue personnel were out of the field by 8:30 p.m.