Helicopters, ground searchers hunt for missing climber who reached 14,171-foot summit in Sangre de Cristo mountains

Searchers hiked up trails and hovered in helicopters Monday striving to discover a missing climber – a 41-calendar year-aged man who reached the summit of Kit Carson Peak Saturday afternoon — significant in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of southern Colorado.

Climber Luis Corkern hadn’t been observed since Saturday when he apparently reached the summit of Kit Carson peak (elevation 14,171) about 4 p.m., in accordance to a Saguache County Sheriff bulletin Monday early morning.

A Saguache County team began looking Monday, drawing help from Custer County Research and Rescue on the east aspect of the mountains and other businesses.

Sheriff section dispatchers gathered specifics over the weekend from other mountain climbers who recalled passing Corkern alongside a trail: that he seemingly prepared to descend via the Challenger Level and a standard route but did not make it again to his car or truck parked at a trailhead over the town of Crestone.

Corkern is about 5 toes, 7 inches tall, weighing close to 180 lbs, and was putting on a white climbing helmet with a raccoon tail tied to it, authorities claimed. His backpack was orange and maroon and he may be putting on a grey or black t-shirt or raincoat.

The authorities requested that any one with information and facts please call the Saguache County Sheriff at 719-655-2544.

Helicopters had been envisioned to fly in excess of the mountains on Monday.

Package Carson peak rises to 14,171 toes about 5.2 miles east of Crestone in the San Luis Valley.  A semi-long term ice patch complicates climbing on the rugged west confront of the peak. Throughout summers, thunderstorms and lightning often produce problems for climbers. Fatalities also happen when climbers descend the peak in a couloir in the vicinity of Challenger Point that can seem like a shorter route but sales opportunities to ice fields and free rock higher than sheer cliffs – necessitating highly complex maneuvers. Searchers in the previous have recovered bodies at the base of that couloir.