Mother, daughter rescued from 14er North Maroon Peak by Mountain Rescue Aspen, Blackhawk helicopter

ASPEN, Colo. - A National Guard Blackhawk helicopter and a team from Mountain Rescue Aspen rescued a mother and a daughter who got stranded on a 14er Monday night.

Jennifer Kellogg of Missouri called 911 from North Maroon Peak at 5 p.m. Monday.

She told dispatchers she and her 21-year-old daughter Alexandra had summited Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak.

"Jennifer Kellogg stated that during the descent, Alexandra, who was climbing ahead of her, followed the wrong route and ended up in a position where she could no longer climb down or up," deputies said.

Jennifer told dispatchers that she couldn't see Alexandra, but could hear her say, 'I can’t hold on much longer.'

Jennifer said she went back up the mountain until she got cell phone signal to call for help.

Twenty members of Mountain Rescue Aspen mobilized. Five MRA climbers went to North Maroon Peak with the assistance of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the National Guard’s High-Altitude Aviation Training Site (HAATS) in Gypsum.

Deputies said one MRA rescuer climbed down to Alexandra.

He said he found her at a rock formation called "the Gun Site." She was not hurt.

Deputies said the climber helped Alexandra climb down to an area known as the "rock glacier" where they were both picked up by the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.

The other four MRA climbers then had to search for Jennifer Kellogg.

Deputies said they found her stranded on a rocky ledge in the Lost Remuda Basin, which is on the west side of the peak (see photo above). 

Officials told 7NEWS that's where Jennifer had to go to get cell phone signal.

"With the use of a climbing harness and headlamps, the four MRA climbers were able to evacuate Jennifer Kellogg using a climbing technique called a mechanical uphaul back to the west ridge just below the summit of North Maroon, where the group was then picked up in the darkness by the hovering UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and flown to safety," deputies said.

The Forest Service has a sign near the trailhead that refers to the Maroon Bells -- North Maroon Peak and Maroon Peak -- as "The Deadly Bells" because of the high number of deaths on the mountains.

Mountain Rescue-Aspen is one of the oldest search and rescue teams in the state. According to the group's website, the team had already responded to 23 incidents this year, as of July 6.

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