On September 3, 2021, at 12:15pm Gallatin County Dispatch received a 911 call from a group of hikers trekking along Blackmore trail. The caller reported one of their members was feeling dizzy and light headed, about 5 miles from the trailhead, and required assistance coming down the trail.
Gallatin County Sherriff Search and Rescue (GCSSAR) volunteers responded to Hyalite reservoir. GCSSAR volunteers began making their way up the trail to locate the patient and other hikers. The GCSSAR team met the patient and hikers as they were making their way back down the trail. The patient was evaluated onsite and showed no signs of injury other than dehydration. All of the hikers in the group and SAR personnel hiked out together.
Sheriff Springer would like to remind everyone enjoying the outdoors to bring extra water and food while hiking in the backcountry. Elevation, weather, and terrain are constantly changing in the backcountry and being over prepared can only help during an emergency.
Photos courtesy of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.