(Gallatin County, Mont) On Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, around 4:30 pm, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to a backcountry rescue call. Two snowmobilers became stuck about seven miles up Olson Creek from Bridger Canyon Rd. The snowmobilers called for help, built a fire, and waited where they had cell service for rescuers to arrive.
Rescuers responded to the scene on snowmobiles, dug the sleds out, and escorted the stranded snowmobilers back to their vehicle. The bitter cold, deep snow, challenging terrain, and oncoming darkness were all factors in the rescue.
Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind winter backcountry users to always be prepared to spend the night outside, including carrying warm clothes and a way to start a fire. Always carry a means of communication, call for help as soon as you run into trouble, and follow the instructions of rescuers.