Come out this Thursday, November 8th at 8pm and enjoy a great
ski movie and help support the Summit County Rescue Group.
The movie will be at 8pm at the Dillon Dam Brewery.
Poor Boyz Productions and the Dillon Dam Brewery are supporting
a fundraiser for SCRG by premiering PBP's newest film, WE: A
Collection of Individuals. There will be raffle tickets and prizes!
For more details, click here: http://www.facebook.com/events/128840283931333/
Every year, the Summit County Rescue Group responds to
calls for assistance from hikers that are hiking with their dogs.
Evacuating dogs from technical terrain increases the risk to
both rescuers and subjects. In view of the recent rescue of
"Missy" from Mt. Bierstadt and several rescues from the West Ridge
of Quandary Peak, here are some tips to make your next hike with
your dog a successful event for all involved.
As you choose a route, think about the terrain. Is
there scrambling involved? Will your dog's movement increase
rockfall danger? Are there terrain features involved that
might require you to raise or lower your dog, and are you equipped
to do so? If you are planning to carry a helmet, harness,
and/or rope for yourself, think twice before taking your dog along
with you. Make sure you choose a route that is well within
your, and your dog's, physical limitations. A dog that rarely
walks more than a few blocks at a time at sea level might not be a
good candidate for a 12 mile hike above treeline. Also, older
dogs may have health issues that are not shown at sea level, but
when brought to altitude and put to a stressful hike, can easily be
disastrous, if not deadly, for the dogs.
Once you have chosen a route that is appropriate for your
dog, check the weather. Remember that your dog doesn't sweat
the way a human does - they rely on panting to expel heat. If
it is hot, carefully monitor your dog for ill effects from the
heat. If it is cold, consider whether your dog is used to the
cold. A dog that doesn't spend much time outside during the
winter might not be ready for a day outside in sub-freezing
temperatures. Did you know that dogs' eyes can be damaged by
UV light? Eye protection can minimize UV light damage to a
dogs' eyes. The effects of UV light and warmer temperatures
can be minimized by hiking before 10 am, after 3 pm, and keeping
your dog in the shade.
The condition of a dog's paws can be the key to a successful
hike. A day of hiking over rough terrain can severely damage
the pads of a dog's paws, as illustrated
by this photo, taken after evacuating a dog from Quandary Peak.
First, keep your dog's nails trimmed short. This will
help whether your dog is hiking barefoot or if he/she is wearing
boots. If your dog is accustomed to walking on rough terrain,
he /she is probably fine "barefoot" and will use their toes to help
grip the surface of the trail. If your dog is not used to
rough terrain, booties might be a good option to protect your dog's
feet. Try to keep your dog's paws dry. As appealing as
a mid-hike, 15 minute soak in a creek or lake might sound, wet paws
can spell disaster for a dog on a hike because wet pads are easily
worn down by rough trail surfaces or by the friction in boots.
We're not saying don't cool your dog off in a calm, flowing
stream or river, but limit the time the feet are in the water.
During the winter, keep the longer fur between the toes and pads of
your dog's feet trimmed flush with the pads (and resist the
temptation to shave it down to the skin). This will help
minimize the buildup of snow and ice on your dog's paws.
If you are skiing or snowshoeing with your dog, watch to
see if your dog is "post-holing," which can cause injuries such as
shoulder bursitis and ligament damage. Obviously the sharp edges on
the skis, boards, and snowshoe "teeth" are additional hazards for
our four legged friends.
Monitor your dog closely. He or she usually will
tell you when it is time to turn around. If your dog is
acting differently, picking up a paw, limping, switching weight
bearing legs, or running three legged, your hike is over.
Vomiting and/or diarrhea are also signs that a dog is
finished with his hike. Keep in mind, even an injured dog,
will continue to follow his owner until he physically is unable to
continue. Before starting your hike, consider your dog's
overall health and pre-existing conditions. Does your dog
have hip dysplasia? Elbow dysplasia? Endocrine
(thyroid, adrenal gland, etc) issues? If so, please discuss
your hiking plans with your veterinarian before heading out on the
Finally, carry a first aid kit for your dog so that minor
injuries can be treated and bandaged before they turn into major
injuries on the hike out.
Even though these helpful hints seem like they should be
common sense as you read this article in your home or at your
favorite local coffee shop, it's very easy to get caught up in the
excitement of the hike--the first 14er, the buddies from college
visiting that you haven't seen in years, etc. So, take a
breath, eat and hydrate well in the morning before your hike, read
the weather/avalanche report, check your gear, then stop for a
minute and take a good look at your faithful, four-legged friend.
Honestly ask yourself, "Is this a good day for my dog to hike
with me?" Hopefully, the answer will be a resounding
SCRG is at the corner of 2nd and Main St. in Frisco, grilling up
jalapeno poppers and habanero poppers for your enjoyment at this
year's Frisco BBQ Challenge! We also have fried bananas and
sweet tea for those craving something on the sweeter side.
Friends of SCRG merchandise - t-shirts, wristbands, and SCRG
history books - will all be available at the BBQ Challenge.
For your convenience, we can accept credit card transactions
Thanks for your support, and we hope to see you at the BBQ
On March 30, 2012 at 1503hrs, Summit County Communications
Center was advised of an injured backcountry skier in Silver
Couloir on Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne. The Summit
County Rescue Group (SCRG) deployed 36 rescuers to evacuate the
injured skier and his companions. Cardiopulmonary
resuscitation was in progress when rescuers arrived on scene.
This 27-year-old male from Denver was skiing with his brother and
two friends when he apparently fell and slid approximately 1500
feet down Silver Couloir and struck some rocks. The Summit
County Coroner identified the decedent as Jeff Ipsen.
Tim Brown, an avalanche forecaster from the Colorado Avalanche
Information Center who was also skiing in the area, assisted SCRG
in evacuating the parties and confirmed that the skier's injuries
did not result from an avalanche. SCRG was also assisted by
Flight for Life Colorado, the Summit County Ambulance Service, and
Lake Dillon Fire Rescue.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Ipsen
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We look forward to seeing you in Silverthorne!
Need to make travel plans for the Avalanche Seminar? Here
are some details... registration will open in a few days.
As in years past, both basic and advanced courses will be
offered. Tuition is $95.00 for both courses.
The classroom session will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, at
the La Quinta Inn and
Suites in Silverthorne (directions and contact info available
via the link). Saturday will also include a group dinner and
an evening presentation.
The field session will be held on Sunday, December 4th -
directions will be provided at the seminar.
Lodging for the Avalanche Seminar is available at the La Quinta Inn and
Suites in Silverthorne - please request the Summit County
Rescue Group rate of $69.00 per night when making your
Please direct questions to the
Avalanche Seminar Committee.
Avalanche Seminar Committee
This short film was completed as as part of the Mountain Rescue
Association's 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2009. The
film features Dee Molenaar, Jim Whittaker, Wolf Bauer, and other
key individuals involved in the early history of mountain rescue in
the US Pacific Northwest. The video shows that the roots of
mountain rescue were in the Alps, with immigrants Wolf Bauer and
Otto Trott bringing their experience and skills from Europe to the
US. The video closes with a look at mountain rescue today, as well
as some answers to the question: What motivates mountain rescuers
and why do they face danger to help others in trouble in the
mountains? The film was featured in a number of film festivals and
was a special award winner at the Mountain Film Festival in Mammoth
Lakes California in 2010.
Mountains Don't Care, But We
Do! (2009) from topograph media on Vimeo.
On October 4th at 1106 hours, the Summit County Rescue Group
(SCRG) was paged to respond to the report of a
hanglider crash on the west side of Loveland Pass.
A bystander driving on U.S. 6 witnessed the hard landing
and called 911.
SCRG arrived on scene at 1128 hours and found an injured
paraglider. The paraglider was immobilized and hand
carried to a waiting ambulance. He was transported him to
Saint Anthony Summit Medical Center. The Summit
County Sheriff's Office, Summit County Ambulance Service, and
Lake Dillon Fire Rescue also responded to the scene.
At 11:30 on the morning of September 26, Summit County
Communications Center received a 911 call requesting assistance in
the rescue of a 34 year old man unable to extricate himself from a
couloir he was trying to ascend en route to Thorne Peak, north of
Red Mountain in the Gore Range, west of
Silverthorne. The reporting party advised that the
stranded man had been unable to move for the last two hours, and
was cold and getting weak. Mission coordinator Brian Binge
activated the Summit County Rescue Group and that Flight for Life
Colorado be put on standby status. The reporting party said he
could hear the stranded climber's friend calling for help.
Summit County Communications Center was able to determine the
reporting party's location using cellular triangulation.
Fearing the man would succumb to exhaustion and fall if help was
not flown to him, SCRG members met Flight for Life Colorado's
Lifeguard Two in a meadow in the Ruby Ranch community. Lifeguard
Two flew over the area with a SCRG member to confirm the
stranded climbers' location. Once their location was
confirmed the SCRG member was dropped off nearby to make contact
with the climbers and await additional rescue members. Three more
rescuers were flown to the stranded party.
Team leader Ben Butler climbed to the stranded man and was able
to secure him to the cliff face. Butler then built an anchor
system so that he could lower the cold, exhausted man down to
waiting rescuers and his friend.
By the time the man and rescuer Butler were reunited with the
other three rescuers and the second climber it was 4:30 in the
afternoon, too late to make the 6 mile hike out to Highway 9.
The Colorado Army National Guard High-Altitude ARNG Aviation
Training Site (HAATS) in Eagle County was alerted to the need for
help in the extrication. This military training facility,
tasked with training military helicopter pilots for high altitude
flying, dispatched a Blackhawk helicopter to evacuate the 2
climbers and their 4 rescuers. The six men were flown to a
meadow in the Ruby Ranch community. Since neither man
required medical attention they were driven home.
SCRG later learned that the two men left the Willowbrook
subdivision at 3:40 am to climb the Thorne northwest of Red
Mountain. They hiked the Gore trail to Salmon Lake and
climbed into the cirque above it with the intention of making the
ridge and traversing to Thorne peak. At some point,
they split up attempting to find a route to the ridge. It was
then that one of the two became trapped. Lacking the
appropriate climbing equipment for the terrain, the men were not
able to self rescue. Another hiker in the area was able to
get cell phone reception and contact the Summit County
The Summit County Rescue Group wishes to extend their
appreciation to the crews of Lifeguard and the Colorado Army
National Guard High-Altitude ARNG Aviation Training Site for their
assistance on this mission. Without their heroic efforts and
support this rescue might have had a very different ending.
SCRG also thanks the Willow Brook Metro District and the Ruby Ranch
community for supporting this mission.
Always be prepared for the unexpected. Don't venture into
terrain you are not confident you can navigate.
The application period for our Fall 2011 New Member Training
Class is closed. Thanks to all that applied - we will be in
touch with each of you this week. Our first class will be
held on Tuesday, September 27th.
If you'd like information about our next new member training
class, tentatively scheduled for Spring 2012, please e-mail us at
and we will contact you as soon as that information becomes
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