(Bozeman, Mt.) – Gallatin County Search and Rescue Units were busy Wednesday night with two reports of hikers lost in the Bridger Mountains.
One male hiker called a friend to say that he was lost while hiking in the area north of Sacajawea Peak. As SAR units were responding to the Fairy Lake area, that hiker met another lost hiker from Livingston. The pair managed to relocate the trail and met SAR units at the Fairy Lake parking lot.
Farther south and later in the evening a 32 year old Bozeman woman called 9-1-1 at 9:19 pm to report that she had become lost while hiking on Mount Baldy north of the M trailhead. SAR units were able to narrow the search for Ms. Schultz with the help of her cell phone. Wearing only shorts, a t-shirt and carrying a water bottle, she was not prepared for the evening rain showers and temperatures that fell during the search.
SAR units located her at approximately 11:45 last night. She was cold but otherwise unharmed. She was escorted to the M trailhead at 2:00 o’clock this morning.
“We had two good outcomes last night, thanks to cell phones and our SAR units” said Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell. “Even a short hike in the woods can become a problem quickly,” said Cashell. The Sheriff notes the Montana back-country isn’t too far from our back doors, and that anyone looking to recreate there needs to be ready for the unexpected.
“Be sure you let someone know where you’re going, take a fully charged cell phone, water, some snacks and the appropriate clothing. Even in summer, a night in the woods or on the mountain can get very cold,” said the Sheriff. “A well-stocked fanny-pack with a first-aid kit can go a long way to help you if you get turned around in the back-country,” said Cashell.