Routt County Search and Rescue sees string of calls

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— Business suddenly has picked up for Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers, who have received five calls for help since Oct. 9.

None of the calls has been major, but it still has kept the volunteers busy after a relatively slow summer and fall.

“It kind of got busy all of the sudden,” incident commander Kristia Check-Hill said Tuesday.

On Oct. 9, a couple was hiking in the Pearl Lake area in North Routt County and was concerned they would not get back before dark. Check-Hill said the couple already was cold and not prepared for the weather. Instead of sending volunteers to get the couple, the couple was advised to turn around, and they made it out safely.

The other calls involved hunters.

At about 7 a.m. Friday, hunters reported their friend never made it back to camp in the Baldy Peak area in California Park. Check-Hill said the hunters were not too concerned about their missing friend because he was equipped to spend the night in the woods, and he arrived back to camp about an hour after Search and Rescue was contacted.

At about 3:20 a.m. Saturday, volunteers were called to help a 14-year-old girl who was with a hunting group. The girl was having complications from diabetes while camping in California Park. Search and Rescue volunteers were staging to rescue the girl, but family members were able to get her to an ambulance on Routt County Road 80.

At about 4 p.m. the same day, two men got lost in the Nipple Peak area. Volunteers were able to talk the men back to the trail over the phone.

At about 4 p.m. Sunday, volunteers were called to help find an overdue hunter near Heart Lake in South Routt County. The man was separated from his hunting group earlier in the morning and said he was going to the camp, but he did not show up. The hunters unsuccessfully searched for the man before calling Search and Rescue. Check-Hill said the man was equipped to spend the night in the woods, so they planned to start the search mission at 6 a.m. Monday. The mission was called off Sunday night after the man got a ride to Oak Creek.

With winter weather making a return, Check-Hill reminded people to be prepared for the weather and to carry a cellphone, map, compass and GPS device when going into the backcountry.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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