On July 6, 2017 at approximately, 12:30 PM, the Gallatin County 911 Center received a call about an injured mountain biker. A 34 year-old male from Los Angeles, CA had crashed and fallen off his mountain bike while biking on the trails near Spanish Peaks in Big Sky. The Big Sky division of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, Big Sky Fire Department & EMS, and Gallatin County Sheriff deputies were dispatched and responded to the area. The caller reported that the patient was approximately one mile up the trail.
Big Sky EMS crew members hiked up to the patient prior to Search and Rescue’s arrival for patient assessment and initial treatment . Personnel from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team hiked to the patient with a one wheeled liter. The patient was found to have shoulder, chest, and rib injuries. The patient was packaged in the one wheeled liter and brought to the trailhead by SAR and EMS members, where a Big Sky Fire Department Ambulance was waiting.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind everyone to enjoy the county’s great backcountry and extensive trail system, but please remember to be safe and be prepared. Accidents can happen quickly and be severe; so always have a reliable form of communication, travel with a friend when possible, and let others know when and where you will be recreating.