A hunter died in Colorado over the weekend after collapsing on a high-altitude ridgeline located in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, just 8 miles west of Aspen. According to a press release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, the hunter collapsed while traversing across a ridgeline near 11,000 feet, approximately 3/4 of a mile north of Williams Lake. Crews were dispatched around 6:41 p.m. Friday, September 20th, to a remote location near Williams Lake in unincorporated Pitkin County. See the location of Williams Lake below: The hunting party began CPR immediately while taking instructions from county dispatchers during the 911 call. A Care Flight helicopter also circled the area, but was unable to locate a safe landing zone nearby. Emergency officials made the call to terminate life-saving efforts after nearly an hour of CPR. Recovery efforts were planned for the following morning on Saturday, September 21. The male hunter was identified as 56-year-old Stephen James McGinnis of Princeton, Minnesota. The official cause and manner of death is pending, to be released in an announcement from the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office.


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