Oct 11, 2010 8:25 AM by Associated Press

Colorado rescuers search for hiker near Vail

Colorado authorities say they're searching for a Chicago hiker who hasn't been heard from for a week.

The Eagle County Sheriff's Office says a search and rescue effort began Saturday for James Nelson. The 31-year-old set out on a five-day hike of Mount of the Holy Cross near Vail on Oct. 3. His fiance reported him missing Friday evening.

The Colorado National Guard is dropping search teams and conducting an aerial search on the mountain, which is one of the best known of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks.

James is an experienced hiker and is equipped with proper gear and supplies. But authorities say he isn't carrying a cell phone.

The search will resume at dawn Monday.


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