On 7/5/16 around 2:30 PM Gallatin County Search and Rescue was dispatched to Sourdough Canyon for a report of woman with an injured ankle. The 64 year old Bozemanite biked from Moser Creek to Sourdough Canyon with a few friends. They parked their bicycles at the “Wall of Death” trail and embarked on a side journey up the trail. While hiking, she twisted her ankle and heard a pop. One of her friends hiked out and called 911.
Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers, AMR and Hyalite Fire District drove up the road about five miles to where the bikes were parked. The woman was located a mile from there. She was carried by a GCSAR member for about a half mile and met by other members who wheeled her out using a specialized litter.
Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind backcountry enthusiasts to appreciate how a small injury can have magnified consequences in difficult to reach locations. Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office.