Nov 25, 2012 1:48 PM by Matt Stafford

Lost mountain biker found alive

After a seven-hour search, crews in Fremont County have found a missing mountain biker alive.

A 45-year-old man from Boulder and his friend had been riding mountain bikes Friday near the Banks campground area near Shelf Road, north of Canon City. He went missing around four in the afternoon on Friday. The man's friend tried to re-ride some of the same trails but couldn't find the man; he called the Fremont County Sheriff's Office after it became dark around 8:45 p.m.

About 25 people came to help with the search. Four teams on all-terrain vehicles search miles of trails, and eventually found the man around 3 a.m. on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management; he was several miles west of the campground.

The Sheriff's office says the man was cold and dehydrated, but uninjured; the man was wearing long-sleeves, shorts, and only had a small amount of water with him. Authorities say the man made two small fires to keep warm and stayed in one place once he realized he wouldn't be able to find his way out of the area.



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