Search and Rescue in Sangre de Cristos: Search & Rescue in the Sangre de Cristos of Colorado

Search and Rescue in Sangre de Cristos: Search & Rescue in the Sangre de Cristos of Colorado

by Kevin Wright


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Kevin Wright wrote this book to honor the heroic men and women who volunteer their own time, resources, skills, and potentially their lives to serve on small, rural mountain search and rescue teams. Their bravery in the service of others is the embodiment of heroism. Another reason he shares these stories is to honor all the subjects and their families who have suffered immensely or perished in the Sangre de Cristos. In sharing these narratives, the author’s intent is to show compassion, aid others wanting to avoid similar tragedies, and to educate the public about basic wilderness survival in mountainous terrain.

Enjoy the harrowing action and learn. As you do, say a prayer of thanks to a brotherhood/sisterhood of search and rescuers that has your back—“so that others may live.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555664640
Publisher: Bower House
Publication date: 11/15/2015
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kevin is the former president, lead trainer, and field team lead of the Alamosa Volunteer Search And Rescue team. He was a part-time instructor at Adams State University teaching "Introduction to Search and Rescue." He has also served as a seasonal National Park Service ranger at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. He works as an English teacher at a high school for at-risk youth. He grew up in Evergreen, Colorado, and now resides in the San Luis Valley.

Table of Contents

Foreword Wayne K. Sheldrake, author of Instant Karma vi

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction x


Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range xi

Crestone Mountain Group Areas of High Probability of Accidents xii

Blanca Mountain Group Areas of High Probability of Accidents xiii

Part 1 Recoveries 1

Little Bear Peak Lygon Stevens 2

Little Bear Peak David Boyd 50

Great Sand Dunes National Park Kristen Weiss 67

Little Bear Peak Kevin Hayne 77

Willow Lake near Challenger Point Jesse Peterson 126

Part 2 Rescues 141

Little Bear Peak Jim Cornwall 142

Blanca Peak Elisabeth Perry 172

Part 3 Missing 181

The Skull, Near the Great Sand Dunes 182

Crestone Peak Region Mark Stice 189

Conclusion 207

Search and Rescue 72-Hour Field Pack List 217

Glossary and Acronyms 220

Bibliography 224

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