GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — As the high reached temperatures near triple digits, Mesa County Search and Rescue teams climbed Mount Garfield in search of a man in distress. After several hours passed, rescuers finally found the 57 year-old, but the climb would be too much for rescue teams to safely take him back down to an ambulance–so they called Careflight to safely take him to a local hospital. The cause of distress was presumed to be heat exhaustion.
We’re told the man is alive and well.
“It’s dry and it’s hot. You need to make sure you’re wearing the proper equipment. You need to make sure that you have things that in case you are stuck out there you can help yourself” says a Mesa County Search and Rescue Medic.
However, this man’s story is not unique; there are many people every year who suffer from heat related illnesses. Midday is the worst time to be physically exerting yourself in the middle of summer. If you are planning a hike, make sure to leave early, and plan accordingly. Plan your hike in the coolest parts of the day, bring lots of water, and make sure your cell phone has plenty of battery life to reach someone in case something does happen.