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Hits & Misses: Both for Holy Cross rescue

Vail Daily Editorial BoardVail CO, Colorado

Send your hit or miss to Opinion Editor Tamara Miller at tmiller@vaildaily.com.Hit: To the Vail Mountain Rescue Group, who answered the rescue call for Jacob Gately. Plenty of good fortune was at work, too, to keep Gately alive through two nights in the Holy Cross Wilderness. The 23-year-old from Lees Summit, Mo. slept in pine needles and started a fire with a pocket lighter to keep himself from freezing to death. The rescue group, searching in fresh snow, finally found Gately on Tigiwon Road, which leads up to the Holy Cross trailhead. Hospital officials are amazed that Gately didnt get a more severe case of frostbite.Miss: To the foolish thinking that got Jacob Gately lost on Holy Cross mountain in the first place. He broke the first cardinal rule of backcountry hiking by getting too far ahead of his brother. Dressed in jeans, sneakers, and carrying only a minimal amount of warm clothing and equipment, Gately was not prepared for the High Countrys fall weather and the possibility that his trip would not go as planned which is always a possibility. Gatelys survival through the ordeal is happy news, but also should serve as a warning to others who dont give the backcountry the reverence it deserves. They may not get off as lucky as he did. Hit: To Ginn Development Co. for expanding access to its planned private ski and golf resort to Minturn and Red Cliff residents. For $50, residents there will be able to get at least 30 ski days a year and 15 days of golf, according to the resort companys plan. Hit: To the Rockies, who will need lots of them to bring home Colorados first World Series win.


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