Grand County Search and Rescue helps save runners, climbers during weekend |

Grand County Search and Rescue helps save runners, climbers during weekend

Special to the Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

Grand County Search and Rescue responded to two emergency calls on Sunday, Aug. 5, including a response to assist Clear Creek County’s Alpine Rescue Team in a search for two ultra-marathon runners and a response to a 9-1-1 call from two hikers near the summit of Bowen Mountain in the Never Summer Wilderness.

The 9-1-1 call was placed around 11:45 a.m. by the hikers on Bowen Mountain after Kyle Materson, 22, of Boulder took a 30 foot tumbling fall before going over a 15 foot cliff.

He sustained multiple injuries to his lower extremities.

Materson and the other climber, Jay Maloney, also of Boulder, were stranded on a ridge at about 12,000 feet.

The rescue was extremely technical and required the injured hiker to be lowered 700 feet down a steep gully where loose and falling rocks were a constant danger.

The injured hiker was taken to a landing zone above Blue Lake where he was taken to Denver by a Flight for Life helicopter and the incident was cleared around 3:30 p.m.

A Grand County Search and Rescue senior member commented that the evacuation was “the toughest rescue I have ever been on.”

Night fell after the rescue had been completed and rescuers had to hike by headlamp to the Bowen Trail and reached the trailhead at 1 a.m.

Rescuing runners

Prior to the rescue of the two hikers, the same crew of rescuers from Grand County Search and Rescue assisted in locating the two runners who became lost the day before and spent the night in the Mount Evans Wilderness.

The two runners were scraped up but otherwise uninjured.

“You all did a great job on a very difficult mission,” said Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson. “The citizens and visitors of Grand County are very fortunate to have a team with the skills and the desire to do such a rescue.”

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