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Weather-awareness tips from Mountain Rescue Aspen

Jul 20, 2015

Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers were involved in a body recovery mission in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness last week. Lightning may have caused the deaths. This is the time of year to be weather-aware in high elevation areas.
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Mountain Rescue Aspen was involved in the recovery of two bodies from the Maroon Bells Snowmass wilderness last week. It’s still unclear how father and son Jeffrey and Cameron Beard died. A hiker discovered the Colorado Springs residents unresponsive, in their tent. Law enforcement initially thought lightning was the cause. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jeff Edelson and Doug Paley from Mountain Rescue. Edelson says Colorado is third for lightning deaths in the U.S.

Jeff Edelson and Doug Paley are volunteers with Mountain Rescue Aspen. Next month the organization is hosting a weather-aware talk for the public at its headquarters near the Aspen Business Center.