Wyoming hiker’s body recovered Friday evening
August 29, 2009
MOUNT QUANDARY – The hiker who died near Mount Quandary’s summit on Friday has been identified as Kevin Joseph Gill, 44, of Cheyenne, Wyo.
He was hiking toward the 14,265-foot summit with his fiancee when he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest at an elevation of about 14,000 feet.
Gill had earlier been experiencing some “altitude-related symptoms,” according to a press release from Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.
Gill was co-owner of Gill Window Company in Cheyenne, which he ran with two family members.
The cause of death is under investigation through medical records, and the manner of death is consistent with natural circumstances, according to Richardson.
Summit County Rescue Group spokeswoman Anna DeBattiste said in a press release that the recovery effort concluded Friday at about 7:45 p.m.
The initial 911 call came at about 11:30 a.m., and the caller said CPR was in progress.
“Flight For Life’s Lifeguard 3 helicopter from Colorado Springs was dispatched and transported a wilderness paramedic, a Summit County Sheriff’s Office special operations technician and two members of the Summit County Rescue group to a landing zone at approximately 13,000 feet on the mountain,” according to DeBattiste.
The helicopter wasn’t used to recover the body because it was low on fuel and there were altitude-related risks.
In addition to the helicopter crew, 23 rescuers approached the scene on foot from the Quandary Peak Trailhead. Eleven were from Summit County Rescue and the rest were from Vail Mountain Rescue, Park County Search and Rescue and Alpine Rescue Team, according to DeBattiste.
Rescuers hand-carried the litter the first 1,000 feet before loading it into a one-wheeled litter carrier used for single-track trail evacuations. It was Summit Rescue’s seventh mission on Quandary Peak in 2009 to date.
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