Mountain Rescue Aspen plans to start a “Peak Awareness Program” on how to best stay safe while climbing in Colorado’s high country. The program was prompted by seven deaths this summer in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

Here is a bullet point summary of Mountain Rescue Aspen’s “Peak Awareness safety tips:

Summer Safety Tips – Climbers

  • Elk Range is comprised of loose rocks
  • Warming temperatures, wildlife an climbers are factors in contributing to rock fall
  • Caution should be used with handholds and footing
  • Rocks are slippery when wet or snowy
  • Plan your primary route ahead of time
  • Prepare an alternate backup route
  • Cairns can be misleading
  • Be prepared for quick weather changes
  • Expect possible high winds
  • Altitude, dehydration and exhaustion impair judgment
  • Do not get separated from your group

Summer Safety tips – Communicating position

  • Most smart phone have the ability to capture coordinates
    • Example using an IPhone.
      1. Go to to privacy setting
      2. Turn Location Services to “on”
      3. Go to compass
      4. On the bottom read out the coordinates:  degrees , minutes ‘ and seconds

*Mountain Rescue Aspen’s Facebook page is a great resource as well. The picture bellow is from their page. 

[image from Mountain Rescue Aspen’s Facebook]

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