Many people come to Colorado for adventure. There are endless opportunities to experience the outdoors and the natural charm of the state, but it can be deadly because it’s beautiful.
A New Mexico woman and her dog nearly figured it out this week when they got lost while she was skiing in the Grand Mesa region.
Thankfully, the 61-year-old, whose name has not been released, told her family about her plans before leaving and when she said she wouldn’t be back, they contacted authorities.
The Mesa . County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and began searching.
A curator found the woman’s car parked in the trailhead parking lot, but she and her dog weren’t with her. three sleigh teams with the Mesa County Search and Rescue Ski Team and Careflight Helicopter join the search soon.
It was a perfect storm: It was dark outside, white snow covered everything, and the temperature dropped to about minus-15 degrees.
The weather was so cold that some of the search team’s electronics began to fail, resulting in one searcher being trapped and in need of self-rescue.
As the other teams were searching for their stranded member, they found the woman and her dog near the top of the trail, hiding in a thicket of trees where helicopters couldn’t spot them.
Finally found her around 4:30am, both she and her dog survived cold night in the Colorado countryside. She was treated for exposure, but the sheriff’s office confirmed that both she and her dog were fine.
With all the mitigating circumstances and conditions affecting the area, search teams said it was a “miracle” that the two survived and they were found.
The woman made some key decisions that made all the difference to improve her chances of survival: She told everyone where she was going and her timeline, and she Clearly prepare if she can survive the night in the frigid temperatures.
The sheriff’s office took the opportunity to remind everyone that new snow can cover trails and landmarks, making it difficult for even those familiar with the area to navigate safely.
About a month before that, on January 5th, Mesa . County Sheriff’s Office said they rescued another woman, 51, and her two dogs after they got lost on Grand Mesa while she was walking in the snow.
It took more than five hour for the teams to locate her, but the search was made easier as she also prepared by bringing a GPS device to lead the search teams to her.
If you’re ever in the countryside enjoying the scenery and adventure, make sure you’re well prepared so that if you get lost, you’re more likely to experience a rescue, not a recovery.
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