Skier badly injured in Summit Co. backcountry |

Skier badly injured in Summit Co. backcountry

Summit Daily News
Vail, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Rescuers scrambled to the south side of Quandary Peak Friday to save a skier injured in a bad fall in the steep Monte Christo couloir.

The man, believed to be in his mid-30s, either was climbing up or skiing down when he fell, and another climber called 911 about 9:15 a.m., according to Mike Schmitt, spokesman for the Summit County rescue team.

About 35 rescuers, including a contingent from the Alpine search-and-rescue team out of Evergreen, organized medical care and an evacuation of the man from the 14,265-foot peak south of Breckenridge.

The crews summonsed a rescue helicopter from Fort Carson, outside Colorado Springs, although swirling winds initially precluded using a long line to take the victim off the mountain, Schmitt said.

The man fell into some rocks about 1,800 feet below the summit and suffered significant injuries, Schmitt said, although he was under the impression that he had been able to talk with rescuers.

Teams established five snow anchors to lower the man inside a rescue litter to the road, Schmitt said.

The Monte Christo couloir is a popular spring snow climb that extends from the Blue Lake reservoir 2,500 feet up to the summit of the mountain. It is considered a moderate climb but an expert ski descent.

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