Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Busy day on the peaks

File these under "Be careful out there":

+++ Two hikers from Michigan were rescued from the 14,005-foot Mount of the Holy Cross after they became stranded on a ridge below the summit Monday. They were escorted to a Colorado Air National Guard helicopter and flown to Minturn.

Jeff Snapper, 28, and his stepbrother Adam Van Essen, 23, called 911 on a cell phone to report they were stranded on a ridge and couldn’t go up or down safely. They said they started hiking early but at some point lost the trail.

+++ A hiker rescued from Longs Peak on Monday after she was injured in a 200-foot fall was identified today as Sheila Townsend of Chaska, Minn.

Townsend, 48, tumbled from the False Keyhole down to the Ledges area and lost consciousness Sunday, then spent a cold and windy night on the mountain at about 13,000 feet. Other hikers found her Monday after hearing her calls for help.

She was carried on a litter to a waiting helicopter and flown to a hospital. She suffered multiple injuries, including head injuries.


Teleken said...

Three cheers for all the Search and Rescue people around the world. Over the years they have contributed to many a happy ending.

Dena Rosenberry said...

I'll raise a Fat Tire to that!

Mike Price said...

Three cheers for my Asian masseuse for the same reason.