Mountaineers Honored with Wilderness Rescue Award
We are proud to announce the Pierce County Red Cross honored six Mountaineers during the 20th annual Heroes breakfast. Tacoma Mountaineers Michael Baker, Sharon Carlson, Kevin Hornbeck, Julie Myer, Jerome Velosky and Jeff Vernon were given the Wilderness Rescue Award for assisting a badly injured climber in the backcountry.
While climbing Ingalls Peak on June 16, 2012, The Mountaineers group summitted via the East Ridge. They were descending in stormy weather when they came upon an injured climber. The climber fell while on rappel and sustained an injury to his hip. He was being cared for by his climbing partner, but was nearing hypothermia on the snowy ground.
Four members of the Mountaineers group worked to lower the injured man 1,500 feet to flat ground. The two remaining Mountaineers returned to camp to grab additional emergency gear before returning to the injured climber.
After assuring that the injured climber and his partner were safe and dry until addition help could reach them, The Mountaineers descended in the dark. Chelan Mountain Rescue arrived the next morning and airlifted the climber to Wenatchee Hospital where he was treated for a fractured pelvis. He made a full recovery.
Our organization is proud to call this well-prepared group our own. Thanks and congratulations to Trip Leader Julie, and all of our other trip leaders and volunteers who work to ensure that our members and students are getting outside safely and responsibly all year round.For more information, please read The News Tribune Article.