Alpine Rescue Team News

Five Missions, 72 Hours: How Alpine Rescue Team Did It

EVERGREEN, CO – Alpine Rescue Team, based in Evergreen, Colorado, had an action-packed 72 hours, responding to five missions in just three days. The incidents ranged from aiding overdue cavers to treating altitude sickness at high elevations. The series of missions underscore the importance of training and collaboration for rescue teams and offers valuable safety lessons for outdoor enthusiasts.

Late last week, Alpine Rescue Team found themselves with an unusually packed schedule. The all-volunteer, non-paid team of professional rescue-mountaineers kicked off their busy period on Saturday with a call to assist overdue cavers.

On Sunday, the team received a call for altitude sickness at 13,200 feet on Torreys Peak, followed by simultaneous calls at Chicago Lakes and Mt. Bierstadt. Monday morning brought the team to Jones Pass, where they responded to an ATV accident. The Team reported no serious injuries and it is assumed all parties made it home safely.

Alpine Rescue Team was not alone in these missions. They thanked several agencies for their collaboration, including Flight For Life Colorado, Grand County Search and Rescue, Grand County Sheriff’s Office – Colorado, Clear Creek EMS, Clear Creek Fire Authority, and Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office. Their post on Facebook emphasized, “These calls illustrated why we train hard with our teammates and our partner agencies.”

Lessons Learned and Safety Tips

For those who enjoy the great outdoors, these incidents offer some crucial takeaways:

1. Always Have a Plan

Before embarking on an outdoor adventure, let someone know where you’ll be and when you’re expected to return.

2. Be Aware of Altitude Sickness

If you’re scaling heights, be prepared for the possibility of altitude sickness and know the symptoms.

3. Equip Yourself

Always carry basic survival and first-aid supplies, even for a day trip.

4. Know Your Limits

Outdoor activities often push us to our boundaries, but understanding your physical limits can be life-saving.

5. Trust the Professionals

Should you find yourself in a tight spot, don’t hesitate to call for help. Teams like Alpine Rescue exist for that very purpose.

The Alpine Rescue Team’s action-filled 72 hours showcases not just the importance of their work, but also the need for the general public to engage in responsible outdoor activities. Their quick and effective response to a variety of situations demonstrates the value of training, teamwork, and collaboration among agencies. It’s a comforting thought for outdoor enthusiasts to know such dedicated teams are always ready to help those who may be having a bad day in the mountains. Learn more in our comprehensive mountain safety guide.

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Alex Derr, Founder of The Next Summit

Alex Derr is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.

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