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Mountain Rescue Aspen resumes search for missing climber on Pyramid Peak

Jason Auslander | The Aspen Times

Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers Tuesday morning resumed the search for a missing 23-year-old Boulder resident who didn’t return from climbing Pyramid Peak on Sunday.

Searchers may call in a helicopter later Tuesday if winds allow to search the upper reaches of the 14,026-foot mountain south of Aspen, said Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Alex Burchetta. Volunteers would be dropped off at the top of the peak and work their way down if that scenario emerges, he said.

Ryan Montoya left Boulder on Saturday and planned to skin up to Crater Lake to spend the night before attempting to climb Pyramid on Sunday, Burchetta said.

Mountain Rescue volunteers found a snow cave at the base of Pyramid’s West Face on Monday they think Montoya may have used, Burchetta said.

Montoya, who was climbing alone, did have an avalanche beacon, though it isn’t clear if it was switched on, Burchetta said. If conditions allow, the helicopter can search for the beacon, he said.

Six volunteers searched the area during frigid and blustery conditions Monday but did not find Montoya. The search continued Tuesday about 8 a.m., with ground teams focusing on the amphitheater and basin below the peak’s West Face, Burchetta said.


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