Rescue on Bottle Peak near Fraser on Friday
September 12, 2016
At 5:30 p.m., Friday, September 9, Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) and Grand County EMS were activated by a 911 call to assist a 63-year-old Florida woman who had injured her hip while hiking with her family near Bottle Peak in the Fraser Experimental Forest.
Rescuers were able to drive to within three quarters of a mile of the subject at the east end of the Bottle Pass trail.
The first team reached the injured woman at 7:15 p.m. after a 30 minute hike up to 11,200 feet on the south ridge of Bottle Peak. Two more teams with a litter and medical gear also reached the ridge. The Mountain Medical Response Team (MMRT) medic who assessed her determined that she was also suffering from moderate hypothermia and that a helicopter evacuation would be in her best interest.
Flight for Life had already been put on standby.
The request for launch was given at 7:30 p.m.. Lifeguard 1 was able to land on the ridge close to the patient just after 8 p.m. and took off with the patient 15 minutes later.
The patient was transported to Middle Park Medical Center in Granby.
GCSAR members provided warm clothing and headlamps to the woman's husband and daughter for the hike down the mountain. With the mountain temperatures dropping below freezing it is especially important to carry extra clothing layers to prevent hypothermia which can escalate to a life-threatening medical problem without treatment, said Greg Foley, PIO for GCSAR.