Thursday, July 20, 2006

Listen to Mom - and the Scouts

OK, we're not your mom, but it's worth repeating this advice from experienced moms, hikers/climbers and Scouts:

Let someone know where you're going.
Be prepared.
Don't leave a hiking companion behind.

The search near Silverton for a missing Utah hiker is in its fourth day. Brent Higgins, 29, of Salt Lake City left his wife, Shannon, and their son at a camp site near Lake Molas on Saturday morning for a 5-mile, overnight hike. Three peaks along the route near Vestal Lake, are above 13,000 feet. Although searchers know what area to look in, it doesn't appear they have a route map.

In a separate incident, rescue teams Wednesday recovered the body of Lakewood doctor Peter Spatt near the summit of 13,933-foot Mount Hope. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office said Spatt was hiking with friends Tuesday when bad weather prompted his two companions to turn around. Spatt pressed on and he didn’t return, his friends notified authorities.


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, Brent Higgins was found dead near one of the peaks earlier this afternoon.

Dena Rosenberry said...

Oh no, I hadn't heard. I sure hope not. I'll watch for official word and post again if I learn more.

Sheriff Sue Kurtz said...

From San Juan County Sheriff Sue Kurtz: The body of Brent Higgins was recovered on Friday afternoon, 7/21 on Vestal Peak. It appears he fell over 1000 feet on Wham Ridge on Vestal Peak. The fall was fatal and probably happened on the first day of his hike, 7/15.

Dena Rosenberry said...

Thanks for the update. We all hate to hear that. Our condolences to his family and friends.