Back Country Skier Rescued by LCSAR on Sunday
The calendar might say spring, but winter conditions still exist in the high mountains, especially in the back country. And that’s what a guy from Boulder discovered on Sunday when he was brought to safety by Lake County Search and Rescue (LCSAR)
On Sunday, April 13 LCSR assisted an individual who was part of a hut trip traveling to the “Sangree M Froelicher,” one of Colorado’s famed 10th Mountain Division mountain huts. The group set out for a weekend trip and on Saturday, April 12 Toby Hammer of Boulder had sustained an injury to his knee while skiing in the vicinity of the hut.
“His hut mates were concerned they would not be able to easily and safely assist him off the mountain,” stated Betty Benson, Public Information Officer for Leadville/Lake County. The 911 emergency call came into dispatch on Saturday, however, the group decided to arrange for assistance on Sunday when they planned to depart the Hut, located in Birdseye Gulch.
This recent rescue is a reminder that traveling in the Colorado back country always requires a contingency plan in the event of any emergency or unexpected event. Did you know that back country adventurers can purchase a search & rescue card which helps volunteer organizations such as LCSAR to recoup expenses incurred?
Check it out: LINK.
“This is a great investment for anyone who spends time in the back country – no matter the season,” stated Benson. “Our message is to encourage everyone going into the back country to have a Search and Rescue card or other back country type license (fishing, hunting,). Funds from such licenses do go into a fund that helps pay for some of the expenses of Search and Rescue organizations such as ours,” she added.