High technology and teamwork. Montana Rock Climber, Hunter both saved


As many expected, Montana’s beautiful fall weather began to change drastically over the weekend.

Some outdoor activities start to slow down, but others increase. This is especially true of hunting in Montana right now. And the lure of a climbing adventure can’t necessarily be ignored either.

Two separate incidents over the weekend remind us of the importance of emergency responders and how lucky we are to have such great teams across the state. A hunter with a broken leg and a climber who has fallen can testify to this.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commended search and rescue teams who spent significant time and resources responding to an SOS call via a Garmin satellite communications device. Staff made contact with a hunter from Montana, who was determined to have broken his leg while navigating rough terrain near Big Sky.

Gallatin County Big and Big Sky Search and Rescue responded to the call, which required ground crews on foot over rough terrain and harsh winter weather, as well as ropes and a 4-wheeler side by side. Once the injury stabilized, the hunter was brought back a few miles to a trailhead and then transported by ambulance to an area hospital for further evaluation.

Gallatin County emergency personnel had a lot on their plate this weekend as they also responded to a call that a climber had fallen approximately 20 feet and suffered ankle and back injuries, also in the Big Sky area. In addition to the ground crews, this one also required a “Heli Team” due to the condition of the patient and the location of the fall.

In addition to first responders, other climbers were praised for staying with the injured climber and helping him.

We wish these two accident victims a speedy and full recovery. Accidents can happen to anyone. Bring lots of supplies. Communication devices and high-tech companions certainly did a lot to save the day in these two incidents.

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