Routt County Search and Rescue has 3 missions in 24 hours |

Routt County Search and Rescue has 3 missions in 24 hours

— Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers had three missions in a 24-hour period, with one mission lasting 14 hours.

The first call for help came in at about 4:45 p.m. Monday. Incident Commander Kristia Check-Hill said a father and his daughter visiting Steamboat Springs got lost while trying to bike the Rotary Trail on the backside of Emerald Mountain. She said they were pedaling and walking for a while, and they found themselves on a rugged horse trail. Four volunteers went to find them, and they rode out on all-terrain vehicles. That mission took about 2 1/2 hours.

Then at about 8:45 p.m. Monday, Search and Rescue was called to help a 71-year-old man who rolled his ankle while hiking with his wife near Nipple Peak. The couple was visiting from the Fort Collins area.

Check-Hill said a team of 10 people went to get the man, and they reached him at about midnight. They got the man to the ambulance waiting at Slater Park at about 7:30 a.m. using a litter basket attached to a wheel.

A few hours later at about 12:15 p.m., Search and Rescue was called to help a father and his three daughters ages 11, 14 and 17 at Fish Creek Falls. Check-Hill said the family from Indiana became uncomfortable after hiking along the creek toward the falls.

A team of four volunteers went to help the man and his daughters hike out.

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While three missions made for a busy 24 hours, Check-Hill said they were happy to help.

She said the incidents serve as a good reminder that it is important to be prepared.

"Just because it might be a little hike or walk, be prepared," she said.

She encouraged people to bring items like a cellphone, water and a jacket. It also is important to let someone know where you are going and how long you expect to be gone.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email

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