A woman was injured after she triggered, got caught, and was partially buried in an avalanche while out hiking Saturday, the CAIC reports.
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The woman was in a group of seven hikers descending Horn Peak’s northeast ridge and started to slide down a steep snowy slope toward a snow-filled gully. Going first, she triggered a wet avalanche which carried her 1,000-feet. She was partially buried with her head above the snow.
CAIC Accident Summary A group of seven hikers were descending Horn Peak's northeast ridge. On the descent, the group left the ridge to glissade down a snow-filled gully. The first person to attempt the glissade triggered a wet avalanche while sliding down the slope. The avalanche carried the person approximately 1000 feet to the bottom of the gully. The person was partially buried with their head above the snow. The person suffered numerous injuries requiring a helicopter evacuation to the hospital for care. Custer County Search and Rescue, Fremont County Search and Rescue, El Paso County Search and Rescue, Flight for Life, and the Colorado Army National Guard assisted in the rescue.
Horn Peak, located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is one of Colorado’s 13ers.
Custer County Search & Rescue was paged to Horn Peak around 2:45 pm on Saturday regarding a person who had been caught and carried in a soft slab avalanche.
The woman, who suffered numerous injuries, was extracted from the field by a Blackhawk from Buckley AFB on Sunday at 12:10 am and taken by ambulance to a local hospital, according to CCSAR.
El Paso County Search and Rescue, Fremont County Search and Rescue, Flight for Life, and Colorado Army National Guard also attended this rescue.
- Location: Horn Peak, Sangre de Cristo Mountains
- State: Colorado
- Date: 2020/05/02
- Time: 12:00 AM (Estimated)
- Summary Description: 1 hiker caught, partially buried and injured
- Primary Activity: Hiker
- Primary Travel Mode: Foot
- Caught: 1
- Fully Buried: 0
- Injured: 1
- Killed: 0
- Type: WL
- Trigger: AF – Foot penetration
- Trigger (subcode): u – An unintentional release
- Size – Relative to Path: R1
- Size – Destructive Force: D2
- Sliding Surface: O – Within Old Snow
- Slope Aspect: SE
- Site Elevation: 12400 ft
- Slope Angle: 36 °
- Slope Characteristic: Gully/Couloir