Beetle-kill tree injures man Saturday
August 22, 2010
SUMMIT COUNTY – An overnight hiking trip for three men – two from Denver and one from Frisco – ended in injury when a tree fell on one of them in an area of the forest north of Frisco. They set up camp near Eccles Pass, and planned to sleep in hammocks.
“They went on an overnight hike on Meadow Creek Trail, set up camp near Eccles Pass and they swung hammocks in the trees in a triangular configuration,” said Summit Rescue Group spokesman Jim Koegel. “Two of them used the same tree for an anchor. Two of them were in hammocks when the shared tree fell on one of them.”
The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m., and the hammock configuration caused the dead tree to fall on the victim. Summit County Rescue Group volunteers were sent in Saturday evening to help.
Koegel said the injured mad was flown from the Eccles Pass area to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.
“In general, hikers need to be aware of the dangers of tree fall in forests throughout Colorado, especially if its breezy or windy,” Koegel added. “According Dan Moroz, who is with Lake Dillon Fire- Rescue, approximately 90,000 trees a day fall in Colorado. That’s all related to pine beetle epidemic.”
SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.