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Discussion: Missing

in: JimBaker; JimBaker > 2016-08-09

Aug 10, 2016 6:04 PM # 
Were they aware that they were missing? And did they want/need assistance in becoming unmissing?
Aug 12, 2016 9:17 PM # 
Yes, they had phoned into 911, and said that they had gone off trail. The sheriff's office used sirens, which they said they could hear but not tell the direction. Then they ran out of power on the phone. We searched from their car out to Raspberry Mountain, and another team searched another nearby area, no luck. So then we drove over to the end of Edlowe Road and hiked some trails and road upstream from the reservoirs. The other team made sound contact from the top of the Crags (but unintelligible), saw the fire they had started, and directed my team in. The hikers were uninjured, just a bit cold in their t shirts and shorts. They normally hiked places like Palmer Park in the Springs, but had decided to try Raspberry Mountain, starting at 1pm. From what they said, I suspect they lost the trail near the top of Raspberry Mountain where it becomes less distinct, and had descended the side of Raspberry Mountain. They hit the Ring the Peak trail, but didn't realize that upward it would take them back to their car, and downward to the reservoirs. They went downward a few times, but came to a Colorado Springs Utilities sign saying no entry. They also tried ascending a hillside, but couldn't remember which one. We put out their fire, gave them mylar blankets, a fleece, water, and a spare headlamp, and walked them out. Call out was 6:30, got to bed at 3.

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