Hikers discouraged from climbing Carson Peak kit as Madeline Baharlou-Quivey’s body recovered – CBS Denver
SAGUACHE COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – Search and rescue personnel gathered in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range on Saturday morning to retrieve the body of a Denver woman who had not returned from a hike. They asked other hikers to avoid the area in order to protect rescuers from falling rocks.
Madeline Baharlou-Quivey, 29, sent a help message from the flanks of a Colorado 14er on Monday night as the bad weather rolled in. Rescuers were able to pinpoint the location of his body until Wednesday, 43 hours after his SOS
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Unfortunately, the persistent bad weather conditions and dangerous terrain negated any chance of getting Baharlou-Quivey out of the mountain that day. A helicopter searched for her the next morning but could not find her. Two search teams that reached the area were turned back by intensifying storm conditions.
On Wednesday, his body was located on steep, technical terrain below a section of the standard route to the top of Kit Carson Peak, a narrow, sloping stretch of trail between neighboring 14er Challenger Point and Kit Carson, called ” The Avenue “.
Colorado Search and Rescue Association asked hikers to make alternate plans on Saturday for the protection of its teams.
“Rescuers will be working on very difficult Class 5 terrain with high rockfall potential,” CSAR said in a Facebook post, “and we need to do everything we can to keep rescuers safe. Your understanding is appreciated.
Class 5 terrains are generally described as difficult and dangerous enough to require safety equipment such as ropes and climbing harnesses.
In August, a team of four rescuers were caught in a landslide reportedly triggered by climbers above them on Capitol Peak. One of the rescuers was seriously injured. The crew were attempting to retrieve the body of a man who fell from the movie “Knife’s Edge” a few days earlier. His body remains there, in an area deemed dangerous to recover for the moment.
Saturday’s recovery operation is made up of technical rescuers from two local mountain rescue agencies – Saguache Search And Rescue and Alamosa Volunteer Search And Rescue – and at least one helicopter.
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The person who called Saguache County 9-1-1 at 8:18 p.m. Monday said Baharlou-Quivey sent a message saying she “got off the road and escaped” on Kit Carson and had need help, according to a Saguache County Search and Rescue Facebook Post posted Thursday. Dispatchers learned that Baharlou-Quivey was an experienced climber who was well equipped with winter clothing, night gear, food and water.
However, helicopter crews who found her at 3 p.m. on Wednesday determined that she died from a fall. These crews were unable to recover his body due to its proximity to a vertical wall. A Western Mountain Rescue ground crew climbed within 100 vertical feet of their location, but lacked daylight to recover and return safely.
Radio traffic heard on Friday suggested that the person who originally called 9-1-1 was Baharlou-Quivey’s boyfriend.
Thirteen agencies participated in the early stages of the rescue effort.
Illinois native Baharlou-Quivey had recently graduated as a nurse, according to a family member posted on a commemorative page on Facebook. Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center spokeswoman Tana Sykes confirmed that Baharlou-Quivey started working at the hospital in August. Baharlou-Quivey was part of a training program for new nurses who often transition to full-time employment after two or three months. Baharlou-Quivey worked in the ortho-spinal unit, Sykes said.
“She felt connected to the mountains just like her (late grandfather),” wrote Roxanne Baharlou Cornebise on this commemorative page, “who took her on her first hike and taught her to hike and she loved the mountains as much as him. ”It was two peas in a pod.
The altitude of Kit Carson Peak is 14,165 feet.
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