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Missing hiker on Pikes Peak, last heard from night of March 28, found alive

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- A man who endured two nights alone near the summit of Pikes Peak is now back with his family.

Michael Ransom arrived on a cog railway traincar around 8:15pm Wednesday evening, along with the rescuers who likely saved his life.

He was brought inside the train station and privately reunited with his family, walking on his own and without any obvious injury.

El Paso County Search and Rescue (EPSAR) told KRDO earlier Wednesday they were first paged about a missing hiker on Pikes Peak near the timberline around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Due to weather conditions, however, they weren't able to get any aircraft in the air Tuesday.

Instead, a ground team began searching in the area of the A-frame, past the Barr Camp. The team began searching again Wednesday morning.

Halie Ransom, the sister of Michael Ransom, posted on Facebook Tuesday that she last spoke to him Monday at 10 p.m. According to her post, Ransom was four miles from the summit of Pikes Peak. At that time, Ransom told her he felt elevation sickness but that he was fine in his tent.

Halie says Ransom was supposed to take the train down the peak at 3:30p.m. on Tuesday, but because of weather conditions, the train canceled the ride. When the train tried notifying him, Haile says officials told her mother he didn't answer his phone at 1 p.m. Tuesday when they tried calling, noting his phone appeared to be dead.

According to Halie, Ransom was found around noon Wednesday alive but hurt.

To learn more about being prepared when hiking, visit El Paso County Search and Rescue's website by clicking here.

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Sydnee Scofield

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  1. SO another tale of why you don’t go hiking alone, this one has a happy ending where most do not.

    1. The fact that he didn’t answer his cell phone when the Cog Railway people tried to contact him is an indication of how spotty cell phone coverage is in places like that. So a cell phone is not something to depend on either. Hiking on the Peak alone, or even with a partner, in potentially bad weather is dangerous at best unless you have an emergency personal locator beacon with you. Even that doesn’t guarantee you can always be rescued, but it sure gives rescuers an early warning as well as accurate location information. Although the best advice is still not to go when the weather is less than favorable, and ALWAYS be prepared for the worst.

      1. That’s exactly right, you can’t rely on a cell phone. You also should have a backup power source for your cell or after a day and night it won’t be any good even if there is signal – you can carry a charged charger or a small solar panel. But if the cell can’t reach a tower it won’t do you any good at all. Glad he made it through, and good job to those crews that go out in bad conditions to help.

    2. Nothing wrong with going alone, but you need to be very well prepared, and it sounds like this guy wasn’t.

  2. Oh My! What would one do without a cell phone. I’ve lived over 60 + years without one and don’t intend on getting one.

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