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Emergency - Kevin8020

Postby travis19877 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:22 pm

Today me and Kevin8020 were hiking the hourglass just shy of the summit of Little Bear Peak. The hourglass was completely iced over and was unpassible, we decided to take a ledge on the left side of the hourglass and decided to wait and see if the sun would help melt anything out. 30 seconds after this decision was made, Kevin's hand/foothold (i could not see all of him) broke lose and he fell several hundred yards down the mountain..

When i got to him he was breathing heavily and both him arms looked broken, both of our spot trackers malfunctioned at a terrible time. I waited 30 minutes by chance that the distress signal did go out, tried to comfort Kevin, and after no response from either Kevin or SaR. I made the hardest decision of my life and had to hike out, leaving my partner behind.

I hiked from just below the summit to the car parked on lake como road not far in at all, 1.4 miles. In just under 3 hours. Then did everything in my power to get to Alamosa and get contact with Sar, within thirty minutes they were contacting me and i provided everything i could. It's now been over 6 hours since i left him and there is one chopper team and one foot team on the way to Kevin.

PLEASE, keep Kevin in your thoughts and prayers.
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Re: Emergency - Kevin8020 READ

Postby tmathews » Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:25 pm

Holy s--t. Many thoughts are being sent in your direction! :(

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Postby dmccool » Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:29 pm

2 Chronicles 6:19
"Yet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, O LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence."

We'll be standing with you, travis19877.
Save a place for me up in the high country.
There's still space to breathe.

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Re: Emergency - Kevin8020 READ

Postby JTOlson26 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:35 pm

dmccool wrote:2 Chronicles 6:19
"Yet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, O LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence."

We'll be standing with you, travis19877.


Absolutely. Let us all lift our voices to God for Kevin.

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Re: Emergency - Kevin8020 READ

Postby EatinHardtack » Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:54 pm

Thinking about you man. Positive Vibes going your way bud.
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Postby Rainier1 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:54 pm

Prayers send out for you Kevin.

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Re: Emergency - Kevin8020 READ

Postby skiwall » Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:00 pm

Good energy to both of you guys!!! You're in my thoughts.
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Postby My-Therapy » Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:01 pm

Good thoughts and energy sent your way. A very tough decision you had to make, but with your Spot devices failing I think you did the right thing.

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Re: Emergency - Kevin8020 READ

Postby travis19877 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:14 pm

Thanks everyone. Really appreciate it, I'll try to keep this updated.
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Re: Emergency - Kevin8020 READ

Postby tmathews » Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:18 pm

travis19877 wrote:Thanks everyone. Really appreciate it, I'll try to keep this updated.


Please do. Let us know of his condition as soon as SAR reports back. Are you currently in Alamosa?

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Re: Emergency - Kevin8020 READ

Postby Moboy56 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:19 pm

thoughts and prayers go out to you and your friend. you did the right thing, don't second guess yourself. [-o<
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Re: Emergency - Kevin8020 READ

Postby SenadR » Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:26 pm

My prayers are with You Kevin!
Hang in there!

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