MONTROSE — A Colorado Springs man was rescued last Saturday from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park after breaking his leg on a route about 1,800 feet down inside the canyon.
According to a National Park news release, members of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Search and Rescue and Ouray Mountain Rescue teams were successful in evacuating the injured hiker from the Black Canyon’s S.O.B. Route. The NPS said the operation "may be the longest scree evacuation in recent years," involved over 20 rescuers and support staff, and lasted over 24 hours. The NPS said the rescue required the use of multiple hauling stations to move the injured hiker up 1,800 feet of loose rock and boulders, thick brush, cliffs and ledges.
Black Canyon rangers responded to a SPOT personal locator signal late Friday. An EMT and a paramedic spent the night with the injured hiker, stabilizing his broken lower leg, and providing support until the rescue could begin early Saturday morning.
“I am very proud of our Search and Rescue Team. They have proven once again that visitor and employee safety is of ultimate importance. They carried out this rescue with the utmost professionalism," Superintendent Connie Rudd said.