Lost Hiker on Kit Carson Peak

Lost Hiker on Kit Carson Peak Rescued by Saguache SAR

Saguache County, CO – In a successful operation carried out on September 5th, Saguache Search and Rescue (SAR) located and safely guided a lost hiker back to her vehicle. The hiker, who has requested to remain anonymous, lost her route while descending Kit Carson Mountain and missed the Avenue, a well-known section of the trail that serves as a guiding route.

The lost hiker was advised to descend Spanish Creek due to her location at the time. A ground team from Saguache SAR promptly responded to the call and ascended the Spanish Creek Trail. Upon meeting up with the survivor, the team guided her down the trail without any further complications. The survivor was then transported back to her vehicle at the Willow Creek Trailhead. According to Saguache SAR, all personnel were out of the field by 23:30 hours.

Lost Hiker on Kit Carson Peak

Lessons Learned and Safety Tips

This incident serves as a timely reminder of the challenges and unpredictability associated with outdoor activities, even for seasoned hikers. Here are some safety tips to consider:

  1. Know Your Route: Always have a clear understanding of your hiking trail. Carry both electronic and paper maps.

  2. Tell Someone Your Plan: Always inform someone you trust about your hiking plans and when you expect to return.

  3. Carry Essential Supplies: Bring enough water, food, clothing, and first-aid supplies to manage unexpected situations.

  4. Have a Communication Device: Always carry a fully charged phone and consider bringing a satellite phone in areas with poor reception.

  5. Be Prepared for Route Changes: Nature is unpredictable. Always have a backup plan and know alternative routes.

  6. Acquire a Colorado COSAR Card: This card funds search and rescue operations and can be vital in case you or someone you know requires rescue services.

Learn more by reading our comprehensive guide to mountain safety. You can also support Colorado search and rescue volunteers by purchasing a COSAR Card.

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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