Injured hiker rescued in Sangre de Cristos |

Injured hiker rescued in Sangre de Cristos

Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post

An injured hiker who slid about 1,500 feet down a mountainside in the Sangre De Cristo range was rescued by a Colorado National Guard helicopter crew.

The lone, injured hiker, who was not identified, was spotted by two other hikers Tuesday on the side of Challenger Point at an altitude of about 12,600 feet, according to a media release from the Colorado National Guard.

The injured hiker had fallen on a 75-degree slope and was in danger of sliding another 1,000 feet, the release said.

The hikers who spotted him called for help, and at about 10:50 p.m. a Chinook helicopter, with a crew of seven, from Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, headed to southern Colorado to rescue the man in darkness using night-vision goggles.

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