(CBS4)- The Alpine Rescue Team saved a climber who got hurt on Mount Bancroft, a few miles west of St. Mary’s Glacier. The team says the climber was in a notch on the mountain’s east ridge.
ART says four friends were climbing when a woman took a wrong step and hurt her leg. The group is from Colorado. Officials say they were not roped up, but climbed the same ridge last year.
“They weren’t in over their heads,” ART spokesperson Dawn Wilson told CBS4. “It was just a bad day.”
Flight for Life and a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter were dispatched to help get crews to the scene and then get the climber to safety.
The climber was eventually hoisted to Idaho Springs where she was later taken to a hospital.
ART says they were conducting training in Morrison when the call came in. About half of the 22 members who responded to Mt. Bancroft came from the training session.
Wilson called it a “highly technical” rescue.
One person in the group had a CORSAR card, which allows ART to be compensated by the state to some degree for equipment used in the rescue operation.
The climber’s medical condition was not publicly released.