Listen: Tales of backcountry rescues from a Summit County Rescue Group coordinator |

Listen: Tales of backcountry rescues from a Summit County Rescue Group coordinator

Glen Kraatz is a mission coordinator from the Summit County Rescue Group. (Photo by Heather Jarvis)

For 45 years, volunteers of Summit County’s mountain rescue team have been responding to backcountry calls for help. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, as part of the Frisco Historic Park and Museum’s winter lecture series, Summit County Rescue Group coordinator Glen Kraatz recounted both funny and harrowing tales of backcountry rescues.

While new technologies over the last decade have helped rescuers in their efforts, more and more people are venturing — and getting lost — in the backcountry.

Listen to Kraatz’s backcountry search and rescue stories here:


Upcoming schedule

 Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Log Chapel – Book Signing and Reception from 4–5 p.m.
Skiing Off to War: 10th Mountain Division in WWII
Presented by Colonel Tom Duhs, USMC Retired
Colonel Tom Duhs, USMC Retired will explore the story of the 10th Mountain Division, which trained at Camp Hale, near Leadville, Colorado, from 1942-1944. Deployed to Italy, they pushed the German Army out, helping to bring about the end of World War II in May 1945. The unique nature of the only US Army Mountain Division, its recruitment, training, employment and work after the war is truly fascinating. Guests are invited to a book signing, live music and light refreshments after the lecture from 4–5 p.m.

Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Log Chapel
Women of the Gold Rush
Presented by T Lee
The reformed prostitute, the persistent philanthropist, the reluctant doctor, the feisty feminist, the quintessential merchant, the abandoned native… guests will have a chance to hear these fascinating historical life stories told by Minneapolis jewelry designer, T Lee. Guests will not only get lost in T. Lee’s colorful storytelling, they will also get a glimpse of T Lee’s jewelry designs. T Lee will share her artistic inspiration, finding extraordinary women of history who, through their courage, empowered women of the future.

March 7 at 3 p.m. in the Log Chapel
They weren’t all Prostitutes and Gamblers
Presented by Dr. Sandie Mather
Guests are invited to learn about the lives of the women living in Summit County in the 1880s and 1890s. One interesting character was Anna Sadler Hamilton, the wife of a meat merchant, who arrived in Breckenridge in 1885 as a bride and who never stopped longing for the family she left in Illinois. 

March 14 at 3 p.m. in the Log Chapel
Sisters of Courage
Presented by Dave Lively
Dave Lively will present the story of the Harbison’s, an ordinary family with a remarkable tale. In 1896 Annie and Kittie Harbison homesteaded side by side in the Kawuneeche Valley near Grand Lake and this presentation will be a journey into the past exploring their pioneer experience, their family’s unique life and how the Harbison Ranch became the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

 March 21 at 3 p.m. in the Log Chapel
South Park Perils: Short Ropes and True Tales
Presented by Christie Wright
Summit and Park counties share a common border – the Continental Divide, accessible via three timberline passes. Guests will hear about four true murder stories from the 1800s, which happened in Park County,  just across the Divide: in Hall Valley (near Webster Pass); in Jefferson (Georgia Pass); and in Como (Boreas Pass). These dastardly deeds really are stranger than fiction!

 March 28 at 3 p.m. in the Log Chapel
Highest Automotive Tunnel in America: The Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel
Presented by Hannah Braun
One of the most incredible feats of transportation engineering and completed in the 1970s, the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel was the highest vehicular tunnel in the world. An average of 30,000 cars travel through the tunnel each day, and 400 million cars have used the tunnel since it opened, without a single motorist fatality. The fascinating story of the tunnel involves harsh winters, dangerous fault lines, technological advances and the fight for women’s rights in the work place.

 For more information regarding the Frisco Historic Park and Museum and its programs, please go to or call (970) 668-3428.

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