Pretty badass rescue went down this weekend in Grand County, Colorado. A climber was seriously injured on the final pitch of a very technical climb on Lone Eagle Peak and a Flight for Life helicopter was dispatched but couldn’t extract the victim so they called in the big guns…..in comes a Black Hawk from Buckley Air Force Base to hoist the climber just before sunset. The injured climber was then taken to Granby Airport and then to the hospital.
Grand County Search and Rescue Official Statement:
GCSAR responded yesterday to a SPOT activation on Lone Eagle Peak. Lone Eagle is about 7 miles in from Monarch Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and is a popular multi-pitch technical climb.
The subject had taken a fall on the final pitch and sustained serious injuries.
The climbers were located by Flight for Life, who also flew several of our members up into the valley.
A Black Hawk helicopter was deployed from Buckley Air Force Base along with several members of Rocky Mountain Rescue. They were able to complete a hoist operation before sunset, evacuating the patient to Granby Airport for transfer to Flight for Life.
image from Grand County Search and Rescue