A Mountain Rescue Reminder
Two winter sports enthusiasts required rescue after getting lost.
Recently, a snowboarder and skier got lost in the Aspen Snowmass area after venturing outside the designated ski boundary. The friends visiting Colorado from North Carolina and New York hopped a lift to the top of the mountain but decided to ski down on the backside. The two got lost and separated from one another. As darkness approached a call came into the local emergency dispatch. Because the two of them lost each other two rescue teams were required to find the guys. Fortunately, they were tracked via their cell phones and everyone made it out unharmed.
The temptation of a "new adventure" may have you considering skiing or even hiking "off the beaten path." The fact is venturing away from the trail or out of bounds isn't worth the risk, especially in winter. You never know, the terrain may be avalanche prone. If you're injured, getting out may be nearly impossible. A sprained ankle can be fatal if you can't walk. Even with the proper attire hypothermia can set in. Being out in the elements in single digit cold is life-threatening. Period.
Winter sports come with their unique set of risks. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, last year more than 220,000 people were treated for winter sports injuries. Play it safe while enjoying winter sports and remember these tips:
- Never participate alone in a winter sport.
- Keep in shape and condition muscles before participating in winter activities.
- Warm up thoroughly before playing or participating. Cold muscles, tendons, and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.
- Wear appropriate protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves, and padding.
- Check that equipment is working properly prior to use.
- Wear several layers of light, loose and water- and wind-resistant clothing for warmth and protection. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature. Wear proper footwear that provides warmth and dryness, as well as ample ankle support.
Credit: Out There Colorado