(Gallatin County Mont.) Friday evening at 5:40 Gallatin County 911 received a call of a male having breathing problems at the Mystic Lake Cabin south of Bozeman. A local trail runner came across a 48 year-old Sacramento, CA. man hiking with his 16-year-son. The hiker believed he might be having an asthma attack from the smoke he inhaled during the night but also appeared to have traveled further into the backcountry than his he was prepared for. The local man directed the two to remain at the cabin while he ran down to cell coverage and called for help. At 7:15 P.M. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers responded using tracked four wheelers and snowmobiles. The male and his son were transported by snowmobile to a waiting American Medical Response ambulance at about 8:00.
Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind backcountry enthusiasts to know their limits and to pack for contingencies. You can very quickly go from the comforts of town to the splendid isolation of the backcountry. Remember to bring any medication necessary and contingency items in the event you find yourself stuck in the backcountry for an additional 24 hours. Travel with a partner, tell someone where you’re going, how you’re going to get there and when to expect your return.