Search and Rescue locates snowshoer

Lance Maggart

A snowshoer from Parker was extremely appreciative last week after members of the Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) Team located her after a modest search of the Granby Ranch mountain trail system.

The lost snowshoer, whose name was not released by GCSAR, became lost last Tuesday, Feb. 9 while snowshoeing with a party on trails at Granby Ranch. The missing woman, 70, was overdue early Tuesday evening after becoming separated from her group.

An emergency call was placed and GCSAR was paged out for the incident at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday evening. Search and Rescue personnel and equipment arrived on scene shortly thereafter and incident command was initiated at 6:30 p.m.

According to Grand County Search and Rescue President John Sanderson GCSAR responded to the incident with 15 total team members with Chris Ziegler acting as Incident Commander.

“The team fielded six teams with one in reserve,” stated Sanderson. Teams in the field last Tuesday included, “three two-person ground search teams, one two-person snowmobiler team, one person with Granby Ranch employees via Snowcat and one person acting as a shuttle driver,” Sanderson stated.

The missing subject was found later that evening by Team 1 approximately two and a half miles up the trail and was, “cold and disoriented, but in good spirits,” according to Sanderson. The subject walked to the command post under her own power and expressed her gratitude to GCSAR by making an impromptu donation to the organization.

Command for the Granby Ranch snowshoer search and rescue operation was terminated at 10:45 p.m. that night.

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