CU-Boulder student's rescue after mushroom-fueled strip during hike goes national

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A note to potential employers of Taylor Powers, 21. When you Google her name, you will come across posts like this one -- as well as clips from the New York Daily News and The Smoking Gun -- about her being charged following her mushroom-fueled strip and subsequent rescue during a hike at Chautauqua Park on Sunday. But this incident in no way should define what appears to be a very articulate, together person -- at least judging by her cooking blog, Get in My Belly. And while a couple of the recipes include mushrooms, they're not that kind of mushrooms....

Around 5:24 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, a 911 call reported a female hiker near the third flatiron in the park "who was high on mushrooms and in distress."

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Powers on the Flatirons in a photo from her Facebook page.
At that point, approximately 35 rescue personnel from the BCSO, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Boulder Fire Rescue and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group responded to the scene, along with an ambulance from American Medical Response.

Within about twenty minutes or so, rescuers found Powers, who had reportedly removed all her clothing and was being physically restrained by two companions: Brian Mulligan and William Collins, both 21. The BCSO release notes that she had to be handcuffed for her own safety, with a number of personnel required to secure her to a litter for the trip down the hill.

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Another photo of Powers outdoors from her Facebook page.
Afterward, Powers was issued a summons for unlawful consumption of a controlled substance, with the possibility of charges against Mulligan and Collins. That doesn't mean authorities think she was given the mushrooms without her knowledge or consent, though.

"It's still an open investigation," emphasizes BCSO spokesman Rick Brough. "We're looking at where the mushrooms came from and how she got them. If we find out someone gave them to her, we can always look at distribution charges, and if others took them, too, they can be charged with what she was charged with -- unlawful consumption. We haven't made any further arrests yet, but we're still looking into it."

Continue for more about the rescue, including additional photos.


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BlondyVanWeirden
BlondyVanWeirden

Again, this popped-up on Facebook...a full two-months after it was originally posted.  Why has Westword become such a shameful tabloid that is out to ruin peoples' lives.  Does Patty Calhoun even know what is going on at that nasty rag?

BlondyVanWeirden
BlondyVanWeirden

Some more of Michael Robert's old sh*t.  He has been around way too long.

Keniey Sonley
Keniey Sonley

Yeah. C'mon Westword Insiders. This story is way old - especially for a medium like social media. And to top it off, you talk about her future employers Googling her name - wtf?

Jeremy Hull
Jeremy Hull

About fifty times. Know when to fuck off westword

Kevin Isaacson
Kevin Isaacson

I don't even care so much about protecting this girl, she got herself into this. But geez Westword, stop reposting old stories just to make sure you appear on my newsfeed.

Zachary Conner
Zachary Conner

Can you search for something new to write about already? From this morning until now I have gone from liking the Westword to thinking you are just like every other news agency. Shame on you and fuck off, Westword!

Val Killpack
Val Killpack

I've seen a lot of stories reshared by westword for months after the initial posting. I guess they don't have anything new to post.

Hayley Somers
Hayley Somers

Why do you keep posting this article over and over? Leave her be.

MaryAnn Hogan
MaryAnn Hogan

ooohgawd- a nekked woman- what a fun bit of news

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

Ok Westword, ENOUGH! You guys fucking suck for continuing to mess with this girl's life! If I were her I would sue the shit out of you! As it is, all I can do is stop reading your shit rag. Should have done that a month ago, when you wouldn't drop it then! Well hear this Westword editors and especially Westword advertisers...I will never pick up your shitty rag again! And will never patron any business that advertise in Westword. There are plenty of sources for concert information in our area, and the rest of your shitshow has become nothing more than irrelevant sensationalism. FUCK YOU WESTWORD!

Jason Hornyak
Jason Hornyak

westword wants to make sure this girl's mistake will keep her from getting a job for her entire life

Mista D'Mac
Mista D'Mac

Leave her alone, you've shared this story too many times already

Liz Lopez
Liz Lopez

Lol I like how people are wondering why they share it again, uhh. For hits obviously. Lol excuse the pun and if she didn't want this immortalized perhaps she should have tripped at home.

Seth Kuttner
Seth Kuttner

Yes i have.. why are you re-posting? (again)

Scott Jensen
Scott Jensen

that is the most ridiculous article I've read in some time

Katie Porter
Katie Porter

Poor girl, so many people experiment throughout their life. The difference is most do not get their experience broadcasted.

Divad Mcpot
Divad Mcpot

she was just enjoying the forest .....no harm ! jjj

xxxraiderxxx
xxxraiderxxx

"unlawful consumption of a controlled substance"? I've never heard of this charge.

chrisfurney
chrisfurney

Oh SURE.  Chickie eats a few shrooms, rips off her clothes, and there's 35 hunkey firemen there in a helicopter in 15 minutes.  I could eat half the patch, rip my clothes off and SHIT myself and I'd be lucky I didn't STARVE to death hahaha.  Stoned girls are cute haha. 

alvagotrago
alvagotrago

Know your dose.  And accept your humiliation and move on.

Carrie Jensen
Carrie Jensen

yes, leave her alone... really boulder, it took 35 people to rescue her? ugh

Lorianne Holsberg
Lorianne Holsberg

Judge Judge Judge... I SUPPOSE her heart would be Judged by some people to NOT be pure or precious.

Lorianne Holsberg
Lorianne Holsberg

MOST ALL of us have a story just like this at this age.. mine just so happened to take place on Lake Travis in the late 70's.. with RUM ...Please. Let her BE... young! .. She has beauty and GREAT taste.. she loves God's beauty as such. LAout!

Rob Glassner
Rob Glassner

i find you amusing kathryn. even more than some drugged up naked girl on a flatiron

Theresa Marie
Theresa Marie

No one should judge her. Everyone has a 'room fueled naked hike at some point in their lives. Seriously.

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

she is a beautiful free spirited individual...she can take shrooms with me anytime she wants!

Laurie Langley
Laurie Langley

Oh.. so that's what she was trying to do? Make history?

Kathryn Koller
Kathryn Koller

Ha.. you are amusing Nilla.. almost as amusing as a drugged up naked girl on a Flatiron.

Nilla Bomb
Nilla Bomb

oh yes yes thats right, its you, your life, and all the homeless hippies with drug problems. i love your perspective on the world, sure makes it easy to think you're on top. respect

Nilla Bomb
Nilla Bomb

oh yes yes thats right, its you, your life, and all the homeless hippies with drug problems. i love your perspective on the world. respect

Kathryn Koller
Kathryn Koller

I have a great life Nilla. Great career, good people in my life, I travel... life is damn good right now kiddo.... but hey, if you and Taylor want to continue getting high and run around naked to entertain us all, go right ahead.darlin' ... people will still laugh at you... for awhile anyway.. then they will just ignore you as you slip into oblivion as another homeless hippie with a drug problem that we need to pay to send to rehab. Keep up the great work there!

laxx1559
laxx1559

@Carrie Jensen If I had gone missing, or something had happened to me- I'd want 35 people coming to look for and help me!

laxx1559
laxx1559

@Gary Gutowski If you're not prepared for something like this, don't do it.  She should be ridiculed.  No different from someone getting too drunk and dissapearing.  She used up the time and effort of thirty five people and thousands of dollars.  If I had gone missing, or something had happened to me- I'd want 35 people coming to look for and help me!

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