Summer Dehydration on Bridger Ridge

(Gallatin County, Mont.)  Thursday evening at 7:00 911 received a call from a 23 year old mountain biker worried about being dehydrated and thought he might pass out.  The 911 center was not able to pin point his location but knew he was near Sacajawea Peak.  Search and Rescue volunteers were able to contact him by phone and have him use a link sent to his phone to get a better location which turned out to be on the west side of the Bridgers below Sacajawea.  Rescuers hiked up the trail from the Fairy Lake Trailhead to meet up with the biker who was being assisted by two hikers he encountered after the call to 911.  He was severely dehydrated but was able to continue down the trail on his own power.  Search and Rescue personal drove the victim’s vehicle back to Bozeman for him because he did not feel capable of driving.

Sheriff Gookin says,”It is not unusual for people to underestimate the amount of water needed for hiking or biking the Ridge area this time of year.”  Seasoned locals know the dry air, elevation and lack of shade up there requires much more water than you might normally take.  Everyone needs to carry enough provisions for the adventure you are seeking and to remember this is the season of hot temperatures.  He was also like to remind everyone to call for help early before the situation gets dire.

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