Posted: Mar 25, 2013 12:19 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2013 1:29 PM
BOZEMAN - An ice climber was rescued after falling in Hyalite Canyon over the weekend.
At around 4:15 p.m. Sunday, the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, Gallatin County Search and Rescue, and American Medical Response responded to Palisade Falls trailhead in Hyalite Canyon for an injured ice climber, according to a news release. The climber, who is from Bozeman, fell about 15 feet and had an injured ankle.
The climber and his climbing partner attempted a self-rescue for about an hour before the partner went to call for help. Search and rescue personnel were able to reach, assess, stabilize and transport the patient back to the trailhead by 6:45 p.m. He was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for evaluation.
In the news release, the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office reminds backcountry users to always bring gear appropriate for unexpected emergencies. After the initial fall, the secondary threat to this climber's safety was hypothermia. A sleeping bag and insulating pad are small, light pieces of equipment could be used in similar situations to keep an injured or lost backcountry user from becoming cold while waiting for rescue.