2 men rescued after getting lost while hiking near Mount Sopris

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PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — A Kansas man and a friend were rescued Tuesday after getting lost while hiking near Mount Sopris, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said.

The 65-year-old man called authorities about 6:30 p.m. to report being lost near Thomas Lakes while trying to find their campsite about 10 miles south of Carbondale.

Cellphone reception was poor, so the man texted with dispatchers. The man was instructed to hike west to find the Thomas Lakes trail.

The two reported to be nauseous and dehydrated, but hiked toward the trail. After not receiving communication, four members of the Mountain Rescue Aspen went looking for the hikers.

Rescuers located them in a tent near Thomas Lakes about 11:30 p.m. Both men were dehydrated and weak. Crews then escorted them back to the trailhead.

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