Ouray Search and Rescue responds to two backcountry crashes – The Journal
Technical Rope Rescues Required for Injured Ice Climbers and Fall Victims
The Ouray Mountain Rescue Team recently responded to two backcountry accidents that required technical rope rescue.
On Feb. 12, rescuers responded to a man who fell 20 feet from a cliff on Log Hill Mesa near Ridgway in Ouray County, said Tim Pasek, search and rescue volunteer and information officer. public.
The victim, who suffered a head injury and was semi-conscious, was loaded onto a litter and then hoisted up the cliff by a boom and winch attached to a rescue truck.
He was transported by ambulance to a meadow and then transported to hospital by a Care Flight of the Rockies helicopter. The man reportedly fell during a visit.
On January 29, the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team replied to an ice climber at Ouray Ice Park who was hit in the back by a falling block of ice in Uncompahgre Gorge.
People at the ice park had wrapped the woman in a sleeping bag and she was loaded onto a search and rescue stretcher, Pasek said. A rope and pulley system lifted her to the top of the canyon rim.
The woman was loaded onto the Ouray Mountain Rescue tracked all-terrain utility vehicle and transported down a county road to a waiting ambulance. Ouray County EMS also responded to the incident.
Each rescue was assisted by 10 to 12 trained volunteers, Pasek said.
Rescue technique training
An ice climbing and waterfall rescue workshop with Rigging for Rescue is scheduled for February 21-25 at Ouray Ice Park.
The workshop focuses on the techniques and intricacies of ice climbing and waterfall ice rescue practices. Rigging for Rescue has been a commercial guide operator in the park since 2007 and trains park staff. To register, go to Rigging for Rescue website.