El Paso County Search and Rescue warns of spring hiking dangers after two recent rescues
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - El Paso County Search and Rescue warns of spring hiking dangers after two recent rescues on local trails.
Crews completed two successful rescues at the end of March on Mt. Herman and Catamount Trail. Search and Rescue said both were related to snow and ice covering the trails, and the people got lost. Crews estimate they’ve done about a dozen hiking-related rescues so far this year.
A big issue Search and Rescue sees are people not dressed properly for the weather.
“You’re dressed for weather in the Springs. You have tennis shoes, your shorts, you don’t have a jacket and you go up somewhere and there’s snow all over the place. Or you start on the trail, it’s nice and dry and you continue up and you run into snow,” said Teresa Burgess of EPCSR.
Search and Rescue recommends checking in with the park ranger before your hike to find out the trail conditions, what’s open and closed, where to go, etc. Also, carry enough food, water, clothes and other supplies with you in case you have to wait for Search and Rescue to come find you. That includes enough supplies if you need to stay overnight on a trail.
“Be aware. Listen to your body. If it tells you you’re cold and tired and your feet are wet, turn around and go back,” said Burgess.
Search and Rescue is dispatched through 911, so call immediately if you are in danger.
“Don’t wait to call us. As soon as you have issues and you can’t self-rescue, you can’t get yourself out of the situation, call for help. It’s easier for us to help you in the daylight than it is at night,” said Burgess.
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