Vail Mountain Rescue missions in January, February and March
EAGLE COUNTY — Below are summaries of the most significant of the missions that Vail Mountain Rescue Group responded to during the months of January, February and March:
• On Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m., a skier from Vail Mountain was reported lost in the Lime Creek drainage. Five snowmobilers were dispatched and found the skier none-the-worse for the experience.
• On Jan. 11 at 8:55 p.m., an ice climber reported that her partner had fallen from the Fang, an East Vail ice climb, and was seriously injured. The Vail Fire Department, Eagle County Paramedic Services and Vail Mountain Rescue Group responded together and brought the injured party out of the field and to a waiting ambulance.
• On Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m., a snowboarder called 911 to report that a friend who had planned to snowboard Beaver Creek’s Stone Creek Chutes at the end of the day was missing and likely had become lost after leaving the ski area through a backcountry gate near Chair 4. Vail Mountain Rescue Group dispatched eight rescuers, who searched the Stone Creek drainage below the resort in two teams on skis and snowshoes. At around midnight, the teams located the missing snowboarder in waist deep snow in Stone Creek; after outfitting the snowboarder with warm clothing and snowshoes, the Vail Mountain Rescue Group rescuers escorted him down the drainage and to a friend’s vehicle on Trout Pond Lane in Eagle-Vail. All rescuers were out of the field, without injury, by 2 a.m. Jan. 13.
• On Jan. 22 at 7:20 a.m., a party called 911 to report that a friend, last seen leaving a Vail Village bar earlier that morning, was missing. Vail Mountain Rescue Group dispatched several teams of rescuers, who searched Vail Village on foot, by car and with dog teams. Rescuers found no sign of the subject, who Vail Police located at a local residence, unharmed, that morning. All rescuers were out of the field, without injury, by 8:15 a.m.
• On Feb. 19 at 5:15 p.m., a concerned resident called 911 to report what appeared to be a trail of blood leading into the wilderness off West Lake Creek Road. Vail Mountain Rescue Group dispatched two hikers to the scene, who searched the area on foot, but found no signs of an injured or missing person. All rescuers were out of the field by 8:50 p.m.
• On March 2 at 2 a.m., a group of backcountry skiers staying at Carl’s Cabin in the New York Mountain wilderness reported that one of their party was extremely ill and required immediate medical attention. Vail Mountain Rescue Group dispatched a team of four snowmobilers (including a paramedic), who arrived at the hut at around 5 a.m. and stabilized the patient (who was suffering from advanced stages of altitude sickness) and evacuated the patient via a snowmobile-towed sled to an ambulance waiting at the Yeoman Park trailhead in Eagle. All rescuers were out of the field, without injury, by 10:40 a.m.
• On March 5 at 9:06 a.m., a group of backcountry skiers called 911 to report that a member of their party had been severely injured after being caught in an avalanche below the southeast ridge of Outpost Peak in the Pitkin Creek area near East Vail. Vail Mountain Rescue Group dispatched a team of two rescuers who were transported to the scene by a HAATS helicopter; the injured skier, who suffered a compound leg fracture, was evacuated by air to an ambulance waiting at Vail Mountain School. All rescuers were out of the field, without injury, by 11:50 a.m.
• On March 22 at 1:14 p.m., a skier was reported injured in the backcountry off Resolution Road near Camp Hale. Vail Mountain Rescue Group dispatched a pair of rescuers who evacuated the injured skier via a snowmobile-towed sled to an ambulance waiting at Camp Hale. Both rescuers were out of the field, without injury, by 5:45 p.m.
• On March 28 at 8:20 p.m., a party of four climbers was reported stuck on a rock face near U.S. Highway 6 in Wolcott and in need of assistance. Vail Mountain Rescue Group responded with Eagle County Fire & Rescue and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, and sent rescuers into the field below the cliffs. The rescuers located the climbers, determined that they were not in distress, and escorted the group back to their vehicles; all rescuers were out of the field, without injury, by 9 p.m.