4 October 2017 ~ Horse Ranch Park Loop

Overdue Hiker Near Horse Ranch Park Loop

A concerned family member contacted Mt. Crested Butte Police Dept. for a hiker who has not been heard from for 24 hours. Last report stated she planned on hiking a small loop trail located off of CR 12 (Kebler Pass). Her car was located at the trailhead parking lot. CBMRT deployed 3 separate teams to search the hiking trails around Horse Ranch Park. Team 1 searched the Ruby/Anthracite trail to Dark Canyon trail. Team 2 searched Dark Canyon from Horse Ranch Park and Team 3 searched trail 838 – Dyke trail towards Oh Be Joyful pass. A helicopter assisted in the mission as well with aerial views. During the time of this mission, another overdue hiker had been reported. To our surprise, that vehicle was found at the same trailhead. The 2 separate parties were found together on Dark Canyon Trail and successfully extricated with no injuries or medical care needed. They ran into each other the day prior, both lost. They fortunately were able to find a hunter’s tent and hunkered down for the night with food and fire.

8 September 2017 ~ Hasley Basin/North Fork Trail

Hasley Basin/North Fork Trail ~ Possible Broken Ankle

CBMRT received report of a female patient with a possible broken ankle and was unable to walk. As we were losing day light, a helicopter inserted 2 members into the field next to the patient. An additional 2 members went into the field via Schofield pass – devils punch bowl to lead king basin. The 2 walked in to meet the other team with a litter and wheel. The patient was then transported out of the field via litter. A member from West Elk SAR assisted in the mission and was able to transport the patient to their personal vehicle located at Geneva Lake who then proceeded to the hospital. Mission time 1700 – 0100.

13 August 2017 ~ West Face of Snowmass

West Face of Snowmass Mission ~ Cliffed Out Hikers

On Sunday, Aug 13, 2017, a Spot activation message was received for 2 parties in distress. The parties had a Garmin inReach with texting ability. After further information and confirmation was obtained, CBMRT organized a 2 person team to obtain more information about the location of the parties via helicopter. Due to the timing, a ground team would be dispatched into the field first thing in the morning. The parties were located the night prior under night vision goggles from the helicopter. CBMRT was able to mark their positions. CBMRT maintained communications throughout the night with the parties who state they are uninjured however cliffed out on loose rock and in a dangerous spot. A hasty team of 4 were transported to the parties in the morning. CBMRT was able to ascend to their position and secure the parties in harnesses and on rope. The team then performed a San Juan pickoff and lowered both parties approximately 60 meters without incident. Although the parties had to spend the night in dangerous terrain and a rain/snow mix, the 2 remained positive and were extricated successfully. No medical care was needed.

10 December 2016 ~ Top of The World

Top of the world mission ~ Snowmobile injury

CBSAR was activated to the area of Top of the World off Washington Gulch for the report of a female patient with a possible right femur fracture from a snowmobile accident. A hasty team responded, followed by additional CBMRT members and resources. The injury was splinted, patient packaged and successfully extricated from the field and transported to Gunnison Hospital for further care.

23 September 2016 ~ Maroon Bells

Overdue Hiker Multiagency Mission ~ Agency assist requested by Aspen SAR (MRA) for a search mission of an overdue hiker in the Maroon bells. This was a large multi-agency mission that spanned 5 days initially. CBMRT assembled a ground team to search the area of South Maroon Peak. The team hiked in via West Maroon trail to Frigidaire pass and into Fravert Basin. Extensive searches took place covering a lot of ground. Unfortunately the party was not found. A big thank you to the efforts by the volunteers of CBSAR Mountain Rescue Team.

2015/2016 Various Missions

The Team was called out to assist with numerous search and rescue missions in 2015/2016 to included:  technical rescue of hiker on Judd Falls, overdue skiers, rescue of avalanche burial with injuries near Schuylkill Ridge, rescue of injured snowmobiler, overdue hikers, search for overdue hiker in Maroon Bells wilderness area, injured mountain biker evacuations and injured dirt biker on top of Reno Divide.

6 May 2013 ~ Friends Hut

A 45 y/o man was evacuated from the Friends Hut during the night after he was unable to ski out due to an ankle injury sustained the previous day. The 12 K evacuation was hampered by soft snow, patchy mud, and stream crossings. Cooler night temperatures were advantageous in firming the snow pack for the evacuation team. Twelve members responded. The subject was released to friends in town at approximately 0500.

21 April 2013 ~ Horse Rescue

CBSAR requested to assist with the extrication of a 1700 pound Belgian draft horse from a bog. The effort was inhibited by cold weather and snow, taking over 5 hours. SAR worked under the direction of a local large-animal vet. The animal was successfully extricated, but later died from exhaustion.

14 February ~ Elkton Hut Rescue

Snow machine evacuation of injured backcountry skier from the Elkton Huts. Complaint was an unstable ankle injury.

4 January ~ Backcountry Rescue

Heavy snow this week prompted concern for a group of backcountry skiers stranded at the Elkton Huts. CBSAR was dispatched to retrieve one of the party who was 5 months pregnant. Travis Henning’s Imp was able to break trail to the hut, allowing the perfectly healthy woman to ski out.