Hiker’s body recovered from peak near Aspen
August 28, 2012
ASPEN – Authorities on Monday released the identity of the man killed in a rock slide while hiking up Hagerman Peak on Saturday afternoon.
Rob Jansen, 24, a native of New Canaan, Conn., died from injuries sustained in the slide about 11 miles southeast of Aspen. Authorities were notified of the rock slide around 2:50 p.m., according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. He was reportedly among a party of five climbers. Another individual also suffered an ankle injury in the incident.
According to his Facebook page, Jansen was living in Denver and working for Bill Barrett Corp. as a geology technician. In 2007, he earned a degree in geology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.
The page contains a “favorite quote” from extreme sports filmmaker Warren Miller: “But it doesn’t matter if you’re in Valdez skiing out of a helicopter, or putzing around on a flat hill somewhere in Iowa. That adrenaline rush comes when you satisfy your most basic instinct, your own search for freedom.”
Hagerman Peak is located south of Snowmass Mountain (not to be confused with Snowmass Ski Area) in the Elk Mountains, just across the Pitkin-Gunnison County line. Mountain Rescue Aspen responded through a mutual-aid arrangement with Gunnison County. The rock slide occurred at nearly 13,000 feet.
Four Mountain Rescue members were placed near the hiking party Saturday by a Flight for Life helicopter out of Summit County. Upon their arrival, they found Jansen’s body; he had suffered chest injuries, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The other hikers were airlifted to the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport where an ambulance was waiting to take the individual with the ankle injury to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment.
Just before 9 a.m. Monday, a Flight for Life helicopter out of Summit County picked up two members of Mountain Rescue Aspen to take them back to Hagerman Peak. The team reached Jansen’s body at about 11 a.m. At around 11:40 a.m., a National Guard helicopter from the High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site in Eagle air-lifted the recovered body to the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport.
All rescue members were out of the field as of 12:50 p.m. Monday.