Grand County Search and Rescue locates missing hiker
On Friday, Aug. 28, at 3:30 p.m., Grand County Search and Rescue was paged for a missing 69-year-old woman who became separated from her hiking party en route from Stanley Peak to the Broome Hut via the Nystrom Trail.
The hiking party indicated the group had left Stanley Mountain after summiting in the early afternoon. The group further stated the missing woman had been seen near the Broome Hut but had turned around and proceeded west back up the trail toward the Nystrom Trail.
GCSAR requested aerial reconnaissance from Colorado Flight For Life, and ground support from the Winter Park Resort Bike Patrol, who sent a team out to Lunch Rock to use binoculars to search the area to the north.
Three ground teams were sent to search the area along the Nystrom Trail from Stanley Peak to Winter Park Resort, as well as the area west of the Broome Hut.
Flight For Life air ambulance, Lifeguard 1, responded and began a search of the area above tree line between Stanley Peak and the Mary Jane side of the resort. After conferring about the most likely areas to search, Lifeguard 1 responded they had a single individual signal them. Lifeguard 1 landed on the saddle almost directly west of the Hut at approximately 12,000 feet and engaged the person. They radioed GCSAR Command with positive ID and reported the woman was OK and could walk out, and directed her toward the Hut.
GCSAR personnel met the woman slightly east of the Nystrom Trail, just above the Hut, and walked her back down to meet her friends at the Hut. The subject was thankful and very relieved to be reunited with her friends.
GCSAR fielded seven members, with two additional members plus K9 support, prepping to field, and had three command staff with four en route to 2nd Creek when the woman was located by Lifeguard 1.
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Editor’s note: The following letter to the community was submitted to the Sky-Hi News by Winter Park Mayor Nick Kutrumbos.