Search to resume Monday morning for 5 snowmobilers stranded on Buffalo Pass

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Backcountry survival pack

Planning to head out into the backcountry? Local experts urge you to be prepared. Routt County Search and Rescue veteran Darrel Levingston suggests the following kit:

■ Waterproof/windproof matches and lighter

■ Various fire starters: Vaseline-soaked cotton balls, hand sanitizer, liquid gel

■ Small folding saw

■ Map and compass, and (optionally) a GPS device

■ Basic first-aid kit (including antiseptic wipes, 2-inch-by-2-inch sterile pads, medical tape, Benadryl tablets)

■ Water bottle and water purification tablets or water filter system

■ Two reflective emergency blankets or reflective tarps

■ Energy bars, trail mix, power gels, cocoa packets

■ Tin cup with insulated handle for warming snow or water

■ Warm hat and gloves, wool socks, fleece vest, rain coat and pants

■ Multitool (Leatherman type), duct tape (small amount), 15 to 20 feet of lightweight rope

■ Headlamp with extra batteries

■ Sunscreen

■ Two days’ supply of essential prescribed medications

■ Cellphone (keep this close to your body to keep the battery warm)

Also: Always tell someone where you are going and when you’ll return and/or leave an itinerary on the front seat of your car.

— Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers plan to resume their search Monday morning for a group of five snowmobilers stuck on Buffalo Pass.

Incident commander Kristia Check-Hill said rescuers were able to contact the snowmobilers Sunday night and determine they are stuck in a ravine in the north fork of the Fish Creek drainage.

"It'll be an uncomfortable night up there, but we now have a much better idea of where to find them in the morning," Check-Hill said late Sunday.

She said the snowmobilers were able to start a fire and no one was injured.

The search started Sunday night after someone in the group called a relative in Fort Collins on Sunday afternoon to report the snowmobilers were cold, wet and stranded somewhere in the vicinity of Summit Lake.

Five rescuers headed to Dry Lake on Sunday to stage for the search. It was suspended until early Monday after the stranded party was contacted.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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