(Bozeman, Mont.) On February 21, at 12:58 p.m., the Gallatin County dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a 51-year- old female from Goffstown, New Hampshire had fallen on the “M” trail and injured her lower leg. The individual had been hiking to the “M” with her teenage sons while on a college visit to Montana State University. The hiker slipped on a patch of ice, twisting her leg and falling on the trail approximately 500-700 years from the base of the “M” while on the way back to the parking area.
Rescuers from American Medical Response, Bridger Canyon Fire, and Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded. Rescuers hiked to the individual, stabilized the leg, and assisted with pain management. Search and Rescue Posse members followed with a special one-wheeled litter. She was secured on the litter and brought down the mountain to the ambulance. American Medical Response transported her to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a fractured ankle.
Rescuers encountered slick and muddy conditions, including slush and ice, during the rescue. The one-wheeled litter and ropes for braking were utilized in the rescue, as well as plenty of manpower. A local retired ski patroller with Search and Rescue and medical experience came upon the injured hiker, called for emergency services and waited with the hiker and her sons until the rescue was complete
Photos courtesy of the Sheriff’s office.