Woman, son rescued off Hahn’s Peak
July 19, 2007
Routt County Search and Rescue crews helped a 39-year-old woman and her 10-year-old off the side of Hahn’s Peak on Wednesday morning after the pair became disoriented and got stuck on a steep incline.
Incident Commander Tim O’Brien said the woman and her son began hiking Hahn’s Peak around 7 a.m. with the intent to reach the mountain’s steep summit. However, the woman, who is from Denver but is living in the Czech Republic, and her son became stuck and called relatives staying at Steamboat Lake State Park on a two-way “family radio” to have them call for help.
The pair became disoriented, lost the trail they were on and ended up on a steep incline, O’Brien said.
“They got to a point where she couldn’t safely go up or down because of how loose the facing was,” he said. “It was like walking on marbles.”
Search and Rescue crews received the call that the pair was stuck around 11:15 a.m., he said.
About 10 members assisted with the rescue, including members on all-terrain vehicles and the ropes team that rescued the pair, he said. Search and Rescue member Russ Sanford led the ropes team.
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“We basically got above them and pulled them up,” he said.
Neither the woman nor her son were injured during the ordeal, he said.
However, O’Brien did say the woman was not dressed appropriately and did not have any water or food with her.
“We always try to reiterate to people how important it is to be ready for the occasion,” he said. “Even for the short jaunt we like to take up Spring Creek or up the mountain, it’s important to have extra clothing and essentials like food and water. We live in Colorado where things can change rapidly.”
Wednesday’s rescue was the second time in two days Search and Rescue crews were called to assist lost or stranded people in the backcountry.
On Tuesday, Sanford helped guide four lost Iowa backpackers out of North Routt County after the group had become disoriented during a weekend backpacking trip.
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