Jim Koegel: Choppers save the day for stranded climbers | SummitDaily.com

Jim Koegel: Choppers save the day for stranded climbers

Jim Koegel, Public Information Officer
Summit County Rescue Group

The Summit County Rescue Group wishes to extend their appreciation to the crews of Lifeguard Two, Army National Guard helicopter Talon 33, and the Colorado Army National Guard High-Altitude ARNG Aviation Training Site for their assistance on the mission to rescue two men from Thorne Peak Monday. Without their heroic efforts and support this rescue might have had a very different ending. SCRG also thanks the Willow Brook Metro District and the Ruby Ranch community for supporting this mission.

Hikers and climbers should always be prepared for the unexpected when traveling in an alpine environment. Don’t venture into terrain you are not confident you can navigate through and, know when to turn back.

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