Searchers checking 'pretty hairy' areas of Holy Cross Wilderness for missing Chicago hiker

James Nelson reportedly intended to climb Mount of the Holy Cross but never signed summit register

By David O. Williams
Real AspenOctober 11, 2010
Forty-eight people from five different search and rescue groups led by Vail Mountain Rescue are scouring the Holy Cross Wilderness Area for missing Chicago hiker James Nelson this afternoon.

Eagle County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said around 12:30 p.m. that there still was no sign of the 31-year-old Nelson, who began hiking a circuitous 25-mile route in and around the Vail Valley's highest peak on Oct. 3.
Missing hiker James Nelson of Chicago.
Courtesy of the Eagle County Sheriff's Office
Nelson was hiking alone but well equipped, although he has no cell phone. His fiancé reported him missing Friday evening, and Vail Mountain Rescue Group began searching for him on Saturday just as a cold front moved through the area. A few inches of fresh snow fell at higher elevations over the weekend, but the weather today has been sunny and clear, with temperatures on the valley floors in the low 50s. Nighttime temperatures will dip below freezing at higher elevations.

Cordingly said the summit of 14,005-foot Mount of the Holy Cross – Eagle County's only “fourteener” – was on Nelson's proposed route, but his name was not signed on the summit register.

She said searchers checked all of the trails on Nelson's proposed route and are now looking for him in “some areas that are kind of hairy.” The sheriff's office is leaving it up to Vail Mountain Rescue as to whether they need additional volunteers, but they would have to have backcountry skills because of the tougher terrain now being searched.

“(Nelson) had a weird circular route that he had drawn up,” Cordingly said of Nelson's proposed solo trek, “but the search and rescue guys were telling me it wasn't really passable in some areas and we're not sure where he veered off.”

Cordingly said two areas of interest are the old mining town of Holy Cross City and the Bowl of Tears lake area, although she said searchers are exploring any possible route deviation Nelson may have made if he found a particular area impassable due to steepness or the ruggedness of the terrain.

She also said Nelson may have had an interest in collecting old mining artifacts, so searchers were looking in abandoned mines that dot the wilderness area.

She said Colorado Army National Guard helicopters from the High Altitude Aviation Training Center at the Eagle County Regional Airport would begin pulling searchers out around 4 p.m. depending on the weather.

Nelson had some experience with the Chicago Backpackers Meetup Group, but most experts don't recommend traveling alone in the Colorado backcountry in October, when weather can change quickly from fall to full-on winter at elevations two miles or more above sea level.

The Chicago Sun Times newspaper reported Nelson is from the Ravenswood area of Chicago and works as an administrator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which is headquartered in Chicago.

On the Chicago Backpackers Meetup Group website, which Nelson has been a member of since 2006, he posted this introduction:

"I organize trips that tend to be strenuous and involve hiking for an entire day at a steady pace; often over difficult terrain or in challenging weather. Trips often require hiking 10+ miles. I am also quite knowledgeable about most backpacking gear."

Under the question "How much backpacking experience do you have?" Nelson's entry reads "No answer yet."


comments: 65 Comments on "Searchers checking 'pretty hairy' areas of Holy Cross Wilderness for missing Chicago hiker"

elkmtnman – Oct. 11, 2010, at 4:21 p.m.

This search sounds an awfully lot like the search for Michelle Vanek of Lakewood who went missing on Mt. of the Holy Cross in the fall of 2005. Nothing was ever found in her disappearance either, AFAIK. And it was the most difficult trip I had ever taken when I joined the volunteer effort to try to find her.

CopperSnowboarder – Oct. 12, 2010, at 9:24 p.m.

I am finalizing my book on hiking in the Holy Cross Wilderness Area and planned to ascend Cross Creek this week to Treasure Vault Lake and Fancy Pass. Now, in addition to an overnight hike, I will also be on the look-out for the missing hiker from Chicago. My early thoughts were that a hiker could lose trail between Holy Cross City and Fancy Lake, where the trail is vague when snow-covered, or in the less-worn trail below tree-line between Fancy Pass and the lower Cross Creek area. However, after reading further details in this article, I am now concerned that the hiker may have attempted to ascend the steep, unmarked slopes of Holy Cross Ridge at a place like the amphitheater around Tuhare Lakes, which exposed him to potential slip-and-fall injuries. As with the Fourteeners that killed ten this year, hikers need to be prepared for dramatic changes in weather and stay cautious concerning approaches to hazardous terrain in the Colorado wilderness areas.

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:25 a.m.

Please give some advice on how to achieve this kind of posts. Zonnepaneel installateur Aartselaar

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:27 a.m.

The worst part of it was that the software only worked intermittently and the data was not accurate. You obviously canot confront anyone about what you have discovered if the information is not right. Zonnepanelen systemen

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:28 a.m.

There's no doubt i would fully rate it after i read what is the idea about this article. You did a nice job.. Zonnepaneel installateur Antwerpen

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:30 a.m.

Great Article it its really informative and innovative keep us posted with new updates. its was really valuable. thanks a lot. Zonnepanelen installateurs Leuven

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:31 a.m.

I’m happy I located this blog! From time to time, students want to cognitive the keys of productive literary essays composing. Your first-class knowledge about this good post can become a proper basis for such people. nice one Zonnepaneel installateur Arendonk

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:33 a.m.

I don’t think many of websites provide this type of information. Zonnepanelen installateurs Antwerpen

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:34 a.m.

Cool stuff you have and you keep overhaul every one of us Zonnepaneel installateur Baarle-Hertog

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:35 a.m.

Cool you write, the information is very good and interesting, I'll give you a link to my site. Zonnepanelen installateurs Limburg

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:37 a.m.

Wonderful blog post. This is absolute magic from you! I have never seen a more wonderful post than this one. You've really made my day today with this. I hope you keep this up! Zonnepaneel installateur Balen

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:38 a.m.

Great survey. I'm sure you're getting a great response. Zonnepanelen installateurs Hasselt

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:39 a.m.

Wow, happy to see this awesome post. I hope this think help any newbie for their awesome work. By the way thanks for share this awesomeness from Zonnepaneel installateur Beerse

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:41 a.m.

Thanks for sharing this information. I really like your blog post very much. You have really shared a informative and interesting blog post . Zonnepanelen installateurs Herentals

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:42 a.m.

I see some amazingly important and kept up to length of your strength searching for in your on the site Zonnepaneel installateur Boechout

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:43 a.m.

Great Information sharing .. I am very happy to read this article .. thanks for giving us go through info.Fantastic nice. I appreciate this post. Zonnepanelen installateurs Geel

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:45 a.m.

A great website with interesting and unique material what else would you need. Zonnepaneel installateur Berlaar

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:46 a.m.

I am genuinely thankful to the holder of this web page who has shared this wonderful paragraph at at this place Zonnepanelen installateurs Genk

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:48 a.m.

I read your post and I found it amazing! thank! Zonnepaneel installateur Bonheiden

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:49 a.m.

You have done a amazing job with you website Zonnepanelen installateur

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:50 a.m.

You completed certain reliable points there. I did a search on the subject and found nearly all persons will agree with your blog. Zonnepaneel installateur Boom

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:52 a.m.

I recently came across your article and have been reading along. I want to express my admiration of your writing skill and ability to make readers read from the beginning to the end. I would like to read newer posts and to share my thoughts with you. Zonnepanelen installateurs Lier

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:53 a.m.

This is also a very good post which I really enjoyed reading. It is not every day that I have the possibility to see something like this.. Zonnepaneel installateur Bornem

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:54 a.m.

I have express a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style of blogging. I added it to my favorite’s blog site list and will be checking back soon… Zonnepanelen installateurs Laakdal

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:56 a.m.

As a seller of legal steroids, you can buy Crazy Bulk products, explore stacks and finally get the body you’ve always wanted Zonnepaneel installateur Borsbeek

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:57 a.m.

it's really cool blog. Linking is very useful thing.you have really helped Zonnepanelen installateurs Kontich

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 10:59 a.m.

I have recently started a blog, the info you provide on this site has helped me greatly. Thanks for all of your time & work Zonnepaneel installateur Brasschaat

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 11:01 a.m.

Very useful post. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. Really its great article. Keep it up. Zonnepanelen installateurs Kasterlee

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 11:02 a.m.

Wonderful blog post. This is absolute magic from you! I have never seen a more wonderful post than this one. You've really made my day today with this. I hope you keep this up! Zonnepaneel installateur Brecht

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 11:03 a.m.

Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer!.. Zonnepanelen installateurs Kapellen

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 11:05 a.m.

Very useful post. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. Really its great article. Keep it up. Zonnepaneel installateur Dessel

mrseo – Jan. 08, 2022, at 11:06 a.m.

We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. Great work Zonnepanelen installateurs Kalmthout

HUJ – June 09, 2022, at 11:39 a.m.

I have been checking out a few of your stories and i can state pretty good stuff. I will definitely bookmark your blog 토토사이트

awsfdzcv sd vcx – June 14, 2022, at 5:06 a.m.

I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. Thanks... 출장안마

HUJ – June 25, 2022, at 5:49 a.m.

Interesting post. I Have Been wondering about this issue, so thanks for posting. Pretty cool post.It 's really very nice and Useful post.Thanks Zwangerschap Baby Breda

HUJ – June 25, 2022, at 7:30 a.m.

Interesting post. I Have Been wondering about this issue, so thanks for posting. Pretty cool post.It 's really very nice and Useful post.Thanks Markato offerte calculatie software

HUJ – June 25, 2022, at 9:16 a.m.

Interesting post. I Have Been wondering about this issue, so thanks for posting. Pretty cool post.It 's really very nice and Useful post.Thanks Word Hosted 3CX reseller-partner

HUJ – June 25, 2022, at 11:54 a.m.

I gotta favorite this website it seems very helpful . glycolic acid cream

HUJ – July 02, 2022, at 1:38 a.m.

What is an outstanding post! “I’ll be back” (to read more of your content). Thanks for the nudge! Collectie Zweerknopjes

HUJ – July 02, 2022, at 3:02 a.m.

Your articles are inventive. I am looking forward to reading the plethora of articles that you have linked here. Thumbs up! Autoruit vervangen Rotterdam

HUJ – July 02, 2022, at 6:23 a.m.

Wonderful article. Fascinating to read. I love to read such an excellent article. Thanks! It has made my task more and extra easy. Keep rocking. Telefonische verkoop

awsfdzcv sd vcx – July 03, 2022, at 3:36 a.m.

Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely useful info specially the last part I care for such information a lot. I was seeking this certain info for a long time. Thank you and good luck. 신규카지노사이트

HUJ – July 06, 2022, at 8:00 a.m.

A Complete Ecommerce Business is waiting for you. Online Shop For Sale are ready to start selling. Be a store owner and start earning money. Online Shop For Sale

HUJ – July 07, 2022, at 2:41 p.m.

Great post but I was wondering if you could write a little more on this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thanks in advance! clicker games browser

awsfdzcv sd vcx – July 14, 2022, at 1:45 p.m.

I can’t believe focusing long enough to research; much less write this kind of article. You’ve outdone yourself with this material without a doubt. It is one of the greatest contents. cara login indobet

HUJ – July 15, 2022, at 5:01 a.m.

Wow, What a Excellent post. I really found this to much informatics. It is what i was searching for.I would like to suggest you that please keep sharing such type of info.Thanks 꽁머니

HUJ – July 19, 2022, at 8:36 a.m.

thanks for this usefull article, waiting for this article like this again. wikipedia

awsfdzcv sd vcx – July 31, 2022, at 2:28 p.m.

I was reading some of your content on this website and I conceive this internet site is really informative ! Keep on putting up. Visit my site

HUJ – Aug. 02, 2022, at 1:35 a.m.

Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting? I'm pleased I discovered it though, ill be checking back soon to find out what additional posts you include. 카지노사이트

awsfdzcv sd vcx – Aug. 02, 2022, at 8:23 a.m.

Excellent article. Very interesting to read. I really love to read such a nice article. Thanks! keep rocking. https://homedesigninstitute.com/course/180/

awsfdzcv sd vcx – Aug. 04, 2022, at 3:29 a.m.

Thank you because you have been willing to share information with us. we will always appreciate all you have done here because I know you are very concerned with our. https://socialicus.com/story12971186/fascination-about-startupo-fr

awsfdzcv sd vcx – Aug. 05, 2022, at 10:44 p.m.

À mesure que le monde évolue vers une économie mondiale, l'importance de la comptabilité ne fait que croître. La comptabilité est le langage des affaires, et ceux qui savent la lire et l'écrire ont un avantage certain sur le marché. Cependant, l'apprentissage de la comptabilité peut sembler être une tâche ardue. Heureusement, Startupo.fr propose un excellent programme de formation en comptabilité qui peut vous aider à acquérir les compétences dont vous avez besoin pour réussir. Le programme est conçu pour les débutants et ceux qui ont déjà des connaissances en comptabilité. Il couvre tous les principes de base de la comptabilité, ainsi que des sujets plus avancés tels que les états financiers et la préparation des déclarations fiscales. Mieux encore, le programme est proposé entièrement en ligne, ce qui vous permet d'étudier à votre propre rythme et de suivre le cours selon votre emploi du temps. Que vous cherchiez à démarrer une nouvelle carrière dans la comptabilité ou que vous souhaitiez simplement améliorer vos compétences commerciales, le programme de formation en comptabilité de Startupo.fr est un excellent point de départ. formation comptabilité en ligne

awsfdzcv sd vcx – Aug. 05, 2022, at 10:44 p.m.

À mesure que le monde évolue vers une économie mondiale, l'importance de la comptabilité ne fait que croître. La comptabilité est le langage des affaires, et ceux qui savent la lire et l'écrire ont un avantage certain sur le marché. Cependant, l'apprentissage de la comptabilité peut sembler être une tâche ardue. Heureusement, Startupo.fr propose un excellent programme de formation en comptabilité qui peut vous aider à acquérir les compétences dont vous avez besoin pour réussir. Le programme est conçu pour les débutants et ceux qui ont déjà des connaissances en comptabilité. Il couvre tous les principes de base de la comptabilité, ainsi que des sujets plus avancés tels que les états financiers et la préparation des déclarations fiscales. Mieux encore, le programme est proposé entièrement en ligne, ce qui vous permet d'étudier à votre propre rythme et de suivre le cours selon votre emploi du temps. Que vous cherchiez à démarrer une nouvelle carrière dans la comptabilité ou que vous souhaitiez simplement améliorer vos compétences commerciales, le programme de formation en comptabilité de Startupo.fr est un excellent point de départ. formation comptabilité en ligne

awsfdzcv sd vcx – Aug. 07, 2022, at 4:19 a.m.

Japandi is a design style that combines the best of Japanese and Scandinavian design. The term "Japandi" is a combination of the words "Japanese" and "Scandinavian," and it reflects the fusion of these two distinct design traditions. Japandi furniture is typically characterized by simple, clean lines and a focus on natural materials. Wood is a common element in Japandi furniture, as are muted earth tones and organic shapes. The overall effect is a peaceful and serene aesthetic that is perfect for creating a calm and relaxing environment. If you're interested in learning more about Japandi design, there are several online courses available that can teach you the basics of this unique style. japandi

awsfdzcv sd vcx – Aug. 07, 2022, at 2:18 p.m.

Thank you because you have been willing to share information with us. we will always appreciate all you have done here because I know you are very concerned with our. tortoise yoga pose

awsfdzcv sd vcx – Aug. 08, 2022, at 3:36 a.m.

Едно от най-хубавите неща при интериорния дизайн е, че това е наука с много перспективи. Можете да изучавате интериорен дизайн в най-добрите университети и това ще ви даде уменията, от които се нуждаете, за да създавате красиви и функционални пространства. Интериорният дизайн е чудесен начин да направите дома си невероятен, а също така може да ви помогне да работите в индустрията за интериорен дизайн. Ако искате да научите повече за тази област, не забравяйте да разгледате някои от най-добрите университети за интериорен дизайн. Един такъв университет е Savannah College of Art and Design, който предлага цялостна програма, която ще ви научи на всичко - от основите на теорията на цветовете до това как да създадете функционално и стилно пространство. Ако се интересувате от кариера в областта на интериорния дизайн, тази програма е чудесен избор за вас. Интериорен дизайн

alice – Aug. 08, 2022, at 4:45 a.m.

I’ve been surfing online more than 5 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours without a doubt. It’s pretty worth enough for me. Thanks... https://putlocker.work

awsfdzcv sd vcx – Aug. 08, 2022, at 5:11 a.m.

Thanks for a very interesting blog. What else may I get that kind of info written in such a perfect approach? I’ve a undertaking that I am simply now operating on, and I have been at the look out for such info. https://thecouchtuner.space

awsfdzcv sd vcx – Aug. 09, 2022, at 1:48 p.m.

La formation à la création d'entreprise de Startupo.fr est le top du top. Ils offrent la meilleure formation pour vous aider à créer votre propre entreprise et être votre propre patron. Avec leur aide, vous pouvez obtenir le financement dont vous avez besoin, créer un business plan et commencer à commercialiser votre entreprise. Vous apprendrez également à protéger vos idées, à faire face au rejet et à gérer votre temps et vos ressources. Leur formation est intensive et complète, et elle vous donnera les compétences et les connaissances dont vous avez besoin pour réussir. Si vous souhaitez sérieusement créer votre propre entreprise, Startupo.fr est l'endroit idéal pour commencer. créer son entreprise

awsfdzcv sd vcx – Aug. 10, 2022, at 4:27 a.m.

I was surfing the Internet for information and came across your blog. I am impressed by the information you have on this blog. It shows how well you understand this subject. شركة نقل عفش بالرياض

awsfdzcv sd vcx – Aug. 11, 2022, at 2:28 a.m.

Lorsqu'il s'agit de créer une entreprise, il y a beaucoup de choses à prendre en compte. Qu'il s'agisse de trouver le bon emplacement ou de recruter les bons employés, la liste des tâches peut sembler interminable. Pour de nombreux entrepreneurs, l'un des défis les plus redoutables est simplement de savoir par où commencer. Si vous envisagez de créer une entreprise de nettoyage, le forum startupo est l'endroit idéal pour obtenir des conseils et des idées de professionnels. Avec plus de 566 questions et réponses, c'est une véritable mine d'informations. Que vous cherchiez des astuces de marketing ou des conseils pour choisir le bon équipement, vous êtes sûr de trouver ce que vous cherchez. Si vous êtes prêt à vous lancer dans l'entrepreneuriat, n'hésitez pas à consulter le forum startupo. https://startupo.fr/question/554/quel_diplôme_pour_ouvrir_une_entreprise_de_transport_/

HUJ – Aug. 12, 2022, at 10:08 a.m.

L'une des compétences les plus importantes pour tout entrepreneur est la gestion efficace du stress. Après tout, les startups sont souvent imprévisibles et pleines de surprises - bonnes et mauvaises. C'est pourquoi l'équipe de Startupo.fr propose régulièrement des formations sur la gestion du stress pour aider les entrepreneurs à apprendre à faire face aux défis de la gestion d'une entreprise. La formation couvre une variété de sujets, y compris comment identifier et gérer les facteurs de stress, comment établir des priorités et des limites, et comment construire un réseau de soutien. Que vous veniez de lancer votre startup ou que vous soyez en activité depuis des années, l'équipe de Startupo.fr peut vous aider à réduire votre stress et à réussir. gestion du stress formation

alice – Aug. 14, 2022, at 4:37 a.m.

La formation d'auto entrepreneur est le processus de formation d'un individu pour devenir un entrepreneur. La formation comprend généralement un enseignement en classe et une expérience pratique. De nombreux centres de formation proposent des cours de formation en ligne, qui peuvent être suivis à votre propre rythme. Startupo.fr est le meilleur centre en France pour la formation en ligne. Il propose une variété de cours qui vous apprendront tout ce que vous devez savoir pour créer votre propre entreprise. Vous pouvez vous inscrire à leurs cours en ligne ou en les contactant directement. En suivant leurs cours, vous acquerrez les connaissances et les compétences dont vous avez besoin pour devenir un entrepreneur prospère. formation auto entrepreneur

alice – Aug. 15, 2022, at 6:09 p.m.

Si vous cherchez une formation auto entrepreneur, Startupo.fr est l'un des meilleurs centres de formation en France. Avec plus de 100 formations au choix, vous pouvez trouver la formation parfaite pour répondre à vos besoins. Que vous cherchiez une formation en développement web, en marketing digital, ou même en e-commerce, Startupo.fr a une formation pour vous. Et le meilleur de tous, la formation est offerte en anglais et en français, donc vous pouvez choisir la langue qui vous convient. Avec un tel choix de formations, Startupo.fr est l'endroit idéal pour obtenir la formation dont vous avez besoin pour démarrer votre propre entreprise. Startupo.fr

HUJ – Aug. 17, 2022, at 4:16 a.m.

I am continually amazed by the amount of information available on this subject. What you presented was well researched and well worded in order to get your stand on this across to all your readers. Jonathon Spire

COMMENT
Comment Form Info  Comment Information
Real Aspen encourages you to post comments on our articles and blogs. Logged in email is required for monitoring purposes. Your email will not be published and will not be distributed to any third-party. Abusive, obscene, profane, threatening, libelous or defamatory comments are prohibited. By posting a comment, you agree to this policy and our terms of use. To report an abusive posting, please contact us.

To make a comment, please log in or create an account. This helps us prevent spam and other malicious attacks.

Please log in to comment

 

Create a user account to comment

Snow Report

  24hr snow mid dpth snow cond.
A-Basin n/a n/a
Aspen n/a n/a closed
BC n/a n/a closed
Breckenridge n/a n/a closed
Buttermilk n/a n/a closed
Copper n/a n/a closed
Crest. Butte n/a n/a closed
Eldora n/a n/a closed
Heavenly n/a n/a closed
Highlands n/a n/a
Howelsen n/a n/a closed
Keystone n/a n/a closed
Kirkwood n/a n/a closed
Loveland n/a n/a
Monarch n/a n/a closed
Northstar n/a n/a closed
Powderhorn n/a n/a closed
Purgatory n/a n/a closed
Silverton n/a n/a closed
Ski Cooper n/a n/a closed
Ski Granby n/a n/a closed
Snowmass n/a n/a closed
Steamboat n/a n/a closed
Sunlight n/a n/a closed
Telluride n/a n/a closed
Vail n/a n/a closed
WinterPark n/a n/a closed
Wolf Creek n/a n/a closed
More Weather Reports
VIDEO GALLERY
Vail powder day snow snake
Airing it out at Crested Butte
Feb. 17, 2011 Surprise 14 inches of Fresh Powder