Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Steamboat Springs Bryan Verschoor's perfect weekend was going to include a trip to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs and a little Denver Broncos football at a downtown bar.
Instead, Verschoor, 24, and his girlfriend, Jaime Weisberg, 28, of Denver, found themselves knee-deep in snow Sunday after they got stuck four-wheeling north of Steamboat Springs in Elk Park.
After reaching an open meadow and deciding to turn around, the couple became stuck in Verschoor's 2005 Toyota Tacoma.
"I have locking differentials on my truck, it shouldn't have been a problem," he said.
But it was.
Routt County Search and Rescue member Darrel Levingston said Verschoor was able to call 911 after hiking up a mountain to receive a signal.
Crews were able to reach the couple in a few hours and bring them down on all-terrain vehicles.
"They were OK, just extremely cold," Levingston said Monday. "Their feet were pretty wet."
Vershcoor said the couple wasn't wearing boots, jackets or hats.
"All we had was our sweatshirts and tennis shoes," he said. "I thought I had frostbite because I couldn't feel my toes. The snow was up to my knees pretty much everywhere I walked ... some places higher."
The couple began getting scared around 4:30 p.m. when it was getting dark and temperatures began plummeting.
"We were afraid they weren't going to see us or that we were going to get carbon monoxide poisoning from just sitting in my truck," he said.
When crews arrived, the couple couldn't have been happier.
"Everyone who helped us was amazing. They were just awesome," he said.
Verschoor said he learned a few things from the experience, including keeping winter jackets and boots on hand during Rocky Mountain four-wheeling experiences.
"I guess the biggest thing is that four-wheeling in the wintertime isn't the best idea," he said.