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‘I Need Help’: Hiker Survives Treacherous 14er


CITY. HEALTH OFFICIALS WILL MAKE A PRESENTATION TO THE DENVER CITY COUNCIL ON THE DANGERS OF VAPING ON WEDNESDAY. A RASH OF DEATHS ON CAPITOL PEAK THIS YEAR HAVE RAISED THE POSSIBILITY OF REQUIRING HIKERS TO HAVE PERMITS. FIVE PEOPLE HAVE FALLEN TO THEIR DEATHS. ONE MAN RECENTLY RESCUED OFF THE PEAK CAN SEE HOW OTHERS HAVE DIED. HE WANTED TO SHARE HIS STORY WITH OUR JEFF TODD TO HELP KEEP OTHERS SAFE. Reporter: WE WANT TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE MOUNTAIN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. MOST PEOPLE TAKE THE STANDARD ROUTE OF THIS VALLEY AND START TO ASCEND THE RICH — RIDGELINE. CHECK THIS OUT. THIS IS THE FAMED KNIFE EDGE. YOU CAN SEE JUST HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF FEET DROP OFF ALMOST INSTANTLY ON THIS MOUNTAIN. SOME OF THE DEATHS THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN BLAMED ON PEOPLE GETTING OFF ROUTE AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO JOE SEEDS. IT IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST TECHNICAL AND DIFFICULT 14ERS IN COLORADO. IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING INTO, YOU SHOULD NOT BE ON THE MOUNTAIN. Reporter: JOE SEEDS HAD PROPER EQUIPMENT, FOOD, WATER AND MOST IMPORTANTLY EXPERIENCE. I HAVE CLIMBED 48 14ERS. Reporter: LAST WEDNESDAY, HE GOT LOST ON THE WAY BACK DOWN. THE FACTOR THAT KEPT ME ALIVE WAS THE EXPERIENCE AND THE FACT I DID NOT PANIC. I TOOK THE PANIC AND HIT SURVIVAL MODE. Reporter: JOE CLIMBED BACK UP TO THE RIDGE AND CROSSED THE DANGEROUS KNIFE’S EDGE A THIRD TIME BEFORE HE WAS RESCUED LIKE THIS BY MOUNTAIN RESCUE ASPEN AND THE COLORADO NATIONAL GUARD BLACK HAWK. BACK IN TOWN, HE DEBRIEFED WITH RESCUERS. WHEN THEY HEAR A STORY LIKE MINE, THEY WANT TO HEAR IT BECAUSE I AM THE ONE THAT SURVIVED AND THE OTHER FIVE DIDN’T. Reporter: ALL OF THIS ROCK IS WHAT MAKES CAPITOL PEAK SO DANGEROUS. IT IS LOOSE AND PRONE TO GIVING OUT. FALLING IS BELIEVED TO BE A FACTOR IN ALL FIVE DEATHS THIS YEAR. YOU CAN SEE JUST HOW HARD IT IS TO FIND THE TRAIL. ONE MUST IT WILL KILL YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN. THAT IS WHY I WAITED SO LONG FOR THE MOUNTAIN BECAUSE I KNEW HOW DANGEROUS IT WAS. Reporter: JOE WILL TRY TO

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