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MRA rescues man and son on Hunter Creek Trail

Local emergency personnel rescued a 63-year-old man and his teenage son on Saturday afternoon after the man was injured when he slipped down an embankment on the Hunter Creek Trail, according to a news release from the city’s sheriff’s office. Pitkin county.

At 4:25 p.m., emergency dispatchers were alerted to an injured hiker near the trail, which is located near Aspen and has a moderate difficulty status with “many rocks, tree roots, and challenges” , the statement said.

“The reporter said her husband fell while hiking with their 14-year-old son. The husband suffered significant injuries, was in severe pain and was now unable to walk,” the statement read.

The teenager was advised to stay where he was, in a “precarious” place, until help arrived. Mountain Rescue Aspen and Sheriff’s Office staff located the father-son hiking team around 5:40 p.m. The youngster was helped to the trailhead while the injured man was transported in a litter to an ambulance in waiting. The statement did not describe the nature of the man’s injuries or whether he was taken to a local health care facility.

The release includes a reminder of the dangers of backcountry hiking, a warning that is typically included in announcements about MRA rescue attempts.

“Never voluntarily leave the trail, be sure to tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return, and always stay within your abilities,” the statement added.

BMS will host a fundraiser, Bike-A-Thon, May 7-14

Basalt Middle School will host its second annual Bike-A-Thon, a fundraising event, May 7-14.

The event will feature a bike lesson and Roaring Fork Cycling games, a grand raffle, a bike decorating station, music and more. He encourages the Roaring Fork Valley community to “dust off their bikes and get outside” in support of the school, a news release read.

Participants will have the opportunity to ride their own routes at any time during the week of the event, culminating with the in-person celebration on May 14 at the school.

“Our staff includes many avid cyclists, and we have been running Bike-to-School days for years. Our after-school mountain bike club with Roaring Fork Cycling is always a popular activity for students, so it seemed only fitting to continue this trend and meet our fundraising needs as well,” said the director Jennifer Ellsperman in a statement.

Basalt Middle School previously raised funds to fill critical programming and supply gaps through an annual magazine fundraiser, but made the switch last year to an event that better fits the culture. and values ​​of the school, the statement said.

BMS Bike-A-Thon attendees can register online at bit.ly/bmsbike for 1, 10, or 25 miles, but the rest is up to them. They can choose which trails to ride, what type of bike to ride (even stationary bikes), and when to ride during the week of the event.

Once a participant has completed the ride, they are encouraged to post photos to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #Bike4BMS for a chance to win a rafting trip for two, provided by Blazing Adventures.

The registration cost is $20 per adult and $10 per child. A family of up to five people can register and receive an entry fee capped at $50. First registrants will receive a Basalt Bike and Ski gift card and everyone who registers will receive a raffle ticket for locally sponsored raffle prizes. Attendees are strongly encouraged to cycle for the May 14 celebration, the statement said.

BMS Bike-A-Thon is a project of the school’s Parent Engagement Group and has many local sponsors.

“This is the biggest fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds going to BMS Outdoor Education, programs to build a sense of community for students, special unfunded projects for the staff and at the discretion of the teaching staff,” the statement added.

For more information or to register, visit bit.ly/bmsbike. Questions regarding sponsorship or donating raffle items can be directed to Brook Portman via email at [email protected]

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