On Friday, June 21st, 2013, the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded to a backcountry search and rescue in a remote part of the of the Spanish Peaks in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. Around 12:12 pm, the Gallatin County dispatch center received a 911 call from a 52 year old male who was hiking alone in the Jerome Rocks Lakes area. The man became lost after the trail he was hiking on became covered in snow. The weather took a turn for the worse when it began to snow heavily in the area.
The man climbed a nearby peak to get cell phone reception and called for help. Due to the remoteness of the area, the uncertain location of the man, and environmental and possible medical factors, search and rescue members responded to the scene in a helicopter. Rescuers quickly located the man, loaded him on the helicopter, and transported him to the Bozeman area. The man was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital by an AMR ambulance for evaluation.
The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to always carry a means of communication when enjoying the backcountry of southwest Montana. Call for help early when you run into trouble. Both of these factors contributed to a successful rescue in this event.