Hiker found alive after 3 nights in snowy backcountry

AP_LOGO_02

BUENA VISTA, Colo. — A hiker who went missing in Colorado’s Collegiate Peaks is alive and well after surviving a snowstorm and spending three nights in the backcountry.

Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze says 36-year-old Sheui Kato of Silverthorne was found Tuesday after a helicopter spotted his campfire in a drainage about five miles below the summit of Mount Missouri. He said Kato didn’t have any medical problems but he didn’t have any details about the ordeal.

Kato set out to climb the 14,000-plus foot mountain, or fourteener, in mild weather Saturday and planned to return home that night. His wife reported him missing early Sunday and an extensive search, including three helicopters and 45 people on the ground, was conducted before over a foot of snow fell Monday.

Weird times

Denverite is powered by you. In these weird times, the local vigilance, the local context, the local flavor — it’s powered through your donations. If you’d miss Denverite if it disappeared tomorrow, donate today.

You’re our superpower

Denverite supporters have made the decision to financially support local journalism that matters to you. Ready to tell your networks why? Sharing our “About” page with your own personal comments could really help us out.

You’re our superpower

Denverite members have made the decision to financially support local journalism that matters to you. Ready to tell your networks why? Sharing our “About” page with your own personal comments could really help us out.