Colorado Man Has Legs Amputated Due To Frostbite After Getting Lost on 14er

Colorado Man Has Legs Amputated Due To Frostbite After Getting Lost on 14er

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Colorado Man Has Legs Amputated Due To Frostbite After Getting Lost on 14er

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Colorado Springs man, Nick Noland, received a double amputation of his legs after getting lost on Mount Shavano in freezing temperatures on Oct. 22. His legs were amputated below the knee after he suffered extreme frostbite while climbing a 14,232-foot peak.

Nick got lost after summiting Mount Shavano near Salida. He was working his way down the mountain when he lost the main trail.

“My feet had started to go numb. I loosened up the laces on my shoes to free circulation, and I didn’t even realize when I lost my first shoe,” he said.

Image: Mount Shavano via Wikipedia

Noland, a husband and father of two boys, was able to make it down the mountain on his own about 5 a.m. Wednesday. Once he reached his truck, he called 911. He was then taken to the Denver area for treatment.

“My feet were starting to feel like blocks of ice. I did the best I could to protect my hands. Every time I stopped just to wait, my life went away from me. I knew I had to keep moving. I was afraid of what would happen if I stopped,” Noland said.

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