Injured Mountain Biker Saved by Friend on Tenderfoot Trail

Summit County, CO – An injured mountain biker on the Tenderfoot trail network near Silverthorne, Colorado is in stable condition after a distressing incident yesterday. The biker, whose identity remains undisclosed, does not remember what caused him to crash, according to the Summit County Rescue Group’s (SCRG) Facebook page.

The mountain biker was with a friend when the accident happened, a factor that played a vital role in getting him timely help. After the fall, the victim woke up on the ground at an unknown time later. Thankfully, his friend who was trailing behind found him and promptly called 911.

Emergency responders, including a team from SCRG and Summit Fire & EMS personnel, arrived on the scene soon after the distress call. They carefully transferred the victim into a rescue stretcher and wheeled him out to an ambulance waiting at the trailhead.

The injured biker is currently receiving treatment, and everyone involved in the rescue effort wishes him a speedy recovery.

Lessons Learned

This incident serves as a crucial reminder of the importance of following safety protocols when engaging in outdoor activities like mountain biking.

  1. Never Go Alone: Always ensure to have a companion with you during such activities. In this incident, the biker’s friend was able to quickly alert emergency services, possibly saving his life.

  2. Know the Emergency Numbers: In any outdoor activity, always be ready to make an emergency call. The biker’s friend knew to call 911 immediately, which expedited the rescue process.

  3. Wear Proper Safety Gear: While it’s not specified if the victim was wearing a helmet or other safety gear, such equipment can significantly reduce the risk of severe injuries.

  4. Learn Basic First Aid: Knowing basic first aid skills can be invaluable in situations where medical professionals might not be immediately available.

  5. Inform Someone About Your Trip: Always let someone know about your outdoor plans, including the trails you’re planning to take, and the time you expect to return.

In summary, it’s important to prioritize safety while enjoying the great outdoors. Proper planning and adhering to these tips can help ensure a fun and safe adventure.

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Alex Derr, Creator of The Next Summit

Alex 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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