Local Man Relates To Hood Rescue Efforts

By: Katherine Cook Email
By: Katherine Cook Email

The search for 3 men lost on Oregon's Mt. Hood is still on. Search crews, including some from Colorado, are struggling with blizzard conditions-- conditions Skee Hipskee with El Paso County Search And Rescue knows first hand.
"Even with the most experienced climbers, if the weather gets bad, mother nature always wins," said Hipskee.
He says the men in Oregon had taken a rapid ascent approach to their climb-- the object, get to the top and back as quickly as possible using very little gear.
"They hadn't planned on the weather... and things went wrong."
Which Hipskee says can happen to anyone, especially the ill-prepared. He saw it happen right here in Southern Colorado Tuesday night as a Flight For Life helicopter plucked a man off Pikes Peak.
"He had light-weight hiking boots, smooth soles, blue jeans, cotton shirts and no backpack... just totally unprepared for the elements."
Proper gear, training, and telling a friend where you're going are musts, but Hipskee says the most important thing to pack is common sense.
"If the weather isn't good, there's nothing wrong with bagging it for the day and trying it another day."
If you're planning a climb, El Paso County Search And Rescue has some tips that can help you be prepared. Just visit www.epcsar.org.

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