Protect Your Cell Phone Signal When In The Backcountry Urges Colorado Search And Rescue Team – CBS Denver
(CBS4) – The weather is changing quickly in Colorado – and Lake County Search and Rescue has some important tips for anyone heading to the backcountry. They say it is a mistake that could be a matter of life and death.
“Our mission coordinators would tell you that they wish they had a dime for every time a rescued subject’s cell phone dies right after a 911 call,” Lake County officials said on Facebook.
This is exactly what happened on Sunday November 28th. At around 8 p.m., LCSAR was notified of two hikers in distress on Mont Massive.
“The hikers said they needed help, but unfortunately their phone died before more information could be released.”
A full-scale search was launched at dawn the next morning.
Both subjects were found in the Half Moon Lakes basin, cold, hungry and thirsty but otherwise in good condition, around 11 p.m. Monday. They spent 34 hours in the homeless backcountry.
“… we are so happy that they are now back home with their families!” Search and rescue officials said.
They had potentially life-saving advice for anyone who left.
“You can conserve your battery in the backcountry by putting your phone in airplane mode and keeping it warm,” they advised. They also suggested carrying a power bank with your other survival gear.
The Summit County Rescue Group said it was crucial to let others know about any plans to exit.
“Just be sure to tell someone where you’re going and what time you’re going to be out,” Charles Pitman, mission coordinator for the Summit County Rescue Group, told CBS4.