Members of West Elk Mountain Rescue were involved in the search and rescue of a lost climber in the Lead King Basin near Marble. They were contacted about 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, when the climber became separated from three companions while climbing Snowmass Mountain. The missing climber was spotted Sunday morning, and 11 members of the West Elk Mountain Rescue, carrying rescue gear, climbed up to the injured hiker at around 12,800 feet elevation. They were joined by members of the Western State Search and Rescue. Because of the severity of the injuries from an apparent fall, a helicopter extraction was made. Using ropes and a litter, the patient was lowered down a cliff and loaded into the helicopter just before sunset. The injured climber was takendto Aspen Valley Hospital, and was subsequently transferred to a Denver hospital. The rescue teams hiked back out and arrived at the Marble Fire Command Center at 10:30 a.m.