Missing Hikers Colorado – What happened to hikers lost in Mount Elbert?

Missing Hikers Colorado – Hiker Lost in Colorado ignores rescuers calls because it was an unknown number.

When a hiker who had ventured out to explore Mount Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, did not return by the end of the day as planned last week, a person who was worried about their safety called authorities to report them missing. The hiker had set out at 9 a.m. on October 18 and wasn’t back at 8 p.m.

The Lake County Search and Rescue team in Leadville, started searching for them about 100 miles southwest of Denver, they called the hiker’s cellphone, the call was declined.

The rescue team kept trying, but repeated calls and texts to the hiker’s phone went unanswered. So, a team of at least eight launched a pair of hours-long searches only to be notified the hiker had safely returned to their lodging location the next day. the hiker, who authorities have not identified, told rescuers they had no clue anyone had been searching for them. Their phone had been buzzing, the hiker said, but they repeatedly declined the calls since they were coming from an unknown number.

This incident led the Lake County Search and Rescue team to share a lesson for hikers.

They said “If you’re overdue according to your itinerary, and you start getting repeated calls from an unknown number, please answer the phone; it may be a team trying to confirm you’re safe!”.

Mount Elbert is about 125 miles southwest of Denver and is the highest peak in Colorado with an elevation of 14,433 feet. It’s a popular spot for hikers and is said to be a relatively easy climb.


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