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Searchers find missing hiker on Pyramid Peak near Aspen alive

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PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. -- Volunteers and crews found a climber Tuesday who was missing on Pyramid Peak since Sunday, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said.

Ryan Montoya, 23, was reported overdue about 8:50 p.m. Sunday after hiking on the 14,026-foot peak south of Aspen.

He was found alive with frostbite injuries.

Montoya, originally from California, left Boulder on Saturday, but it's not known when he began climbing the peak in the Elk Mountains.

On Monday, six Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers searched for Montoya in brutal conditions but did not find him, the sheriff's office said.

A snow cave was found at the bottom of the west face of Pyramid Peak that was believed to have been used by Montoya, the sheriff's office said.

Wind gusts reached 95 mph on top of Pyramid Peak on Monday.

Montoya was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital for evaluation.