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Kit Carson Peak Climber Madeline Baharlou-Quivey's Body Retrieved By Rescue Crews, Helicopter

SAGUACHE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) -- Rescue personnel and a helicopter successfully completed the highly technical recovery of a 29-year-old Denver woman's body from Kit Carson Peak on Saturday evening.

Anna DeBattiste of the Colorado Search And Rescue Association confirmed that rescue team members safely returned from the operation some time after midnight.

Kit Carson Climber Fall 2 (Saguache County SAR on FB)
The south face of Kit Carson Peak. (credit: Saguache County Search and Rescue/Facebook)

Using ropes and climbing harnesses, Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue personnel made the climb from the Spanish Creek side of the peak, approaching Baharlou-Quivey's location from below, DeBattiste told CBS4. A helicopter from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control's Cañon City Helitack flew the body out of the area. Saguache County Search And Rescue personnel hauled out rope and climbing hardware to the Alamosa climbers, DeBattiste added.

Kit Carson Climber Fall 1 (Saguache County SAR on FB)
(credit: Saguache County Search and Rescue/Facebook)

Baharlou-Quivey sent out a message for help Monday evening, saying she had strayed from the standard route to Kit Carson's peak and was "cliffed out" below "The Avenue" section of the route. Rescue personnel responded the following morning but were unable to locate her as inclement weather rolled into the area.

Kit Carson Climber Fall 5 (graphic of trail from 14ers.com)
"The Avenue" on Kit Carson Peak, seen here in summer conditions, is an angled ledge that hikers descend in order to access a gulley and eventually turn upward to the summit. (credit: 14ers.com)

They did locate her the next day, Wednesday, and determined from aerial observation that she had perished from a fall. A crew on the ground came to within 100 feet of her location before running out of daylight and aborting the recovery mission.

Crews organized Saturday to continue the recovery effort. Hikers in the area were asked to avoid the peak while rescue personnel operated in areas below the trail that made them vulnerable to rockfall.

Kit Carson Climber Fall 1 (Madeline Baharlou-Quivey in nurse garb, from Roxanne Baharlou Cornebise on FB)
Madeline 'Maddie' Baharlou-Quivey at Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center. (credit: Facebook)

Baharlou-Quivey had started in a nursing position at Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center in August.

 

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