Pictures from Search & Rescue in Colorado's Sangre de Cristos

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Full Cover

Full Cover

Design by D.K. Luraas, Johnson Books.

Front Cover

Front Cover

Design by D.K. Luraas, Johnson Books.

Crestone Peak from the Northeast

Crestone Peak from the Northeast

Picture by author of Crestone Peak from the saddle between Humboldt Peak and Bear's Playground.

Rescue of Subject Oct. 4, 2009

Rescue of Subject Oct. 4, 2009

Picture by author of SAR techs transporting an injured subject who had fallen on Challenger Point and required rescue.

Kevin G. Wright SAR Training

Kevin G. Wright SAR Training

The author 200 feet off "the deck" engaging in some high-angle technical training. In this picture he's "picking off" an injured climber who became immobile in the middle of a vertical cliff face.

Map of the Sangre de Cristos

Map of the Sangre de Cristos

Map of the Sangre de Cristos by S. Bruns.

Map of the Crestone Mountain Group

Map of the Crestone Mountain Group

Map of the Crestone Massif by S. Bruns.

Map of the Blanca Mountain Group

Map of the Blanca Mountain Group

Map of the Blanca Massif by S. Bruns.

The Stevens Avalanche Field

The Stevens Avalanche Field

Picture by author of the avalanche debris field that killed Lygon Stevens. The black "upside down triangle" marks the avalanche crown, run, and debris field. In this picture, Lygon's body is still in the snowpack near the lower tip of the triangle.

Nicklis and Lygon's Last Camp

Nicklis and Lygon's Last Camp

Nicklis and Lygon's last camp. The Stevens set-up their tent in the "cabin" at Lake Como. The author took this picture during his mission to recover their equipment following the initial incident.

Little Bear's Southwest Ridge Route

Little Bear's Southwest Ridge Route

A map provided to the author by the Stevens family marking the "pink ribbon" route leading to the southwest ridge of Little Bear Peak.

The Author, Lake Como, Little Bear

The Author, Lake Como, Little Bear

The author in front of Lake Como, the west ridge standard route of Little Bear Peak, and Little Bear Peak at sunset. Picture by Adam Wright.

Little Bear Peak's West Ridge

Little Bear Peak's West Ridge

A picture indicating where AVSAR techs located Dr. David Boyd's body (horizontal arrow) on Sept. 5, 2008. The vertical arrow indicates the standard route for Little Bear's summit.

AVSAR Techs on Standby

AVSAR Techs on Standby

Picture by John Gilmore of AVSAR techs anxiously waiting on standby to deploy to rescue Kevin Hayne.

Chinook Helicopter

Chinook Helicopter

The Chinook helicopter arriving to lift AVSAR techs near Kevin Hayne's location. Picture by John Gilmore.

On the Ride In

On the Ride In

Picture by author from the inside of the vibrating Chinook helicopter. This was nearly the author's last picture, ever.

Chinook Damage

Chinook Damage

Damage to the Chinook following the rotors' contact with the mountain and the resulting hard landing.

Chinook Damage

Chinook Damage

Damage to the Chinook following the rotors' contact with the mountain and the resulting hard landing.

Informal Debriefing

Informal Debriefing

The author informally debriefing with fellow AVSAR personnel following his return to the command post after the Chinook hard landing.

Kit Carson Peak

Kit Carson Peak

Picture by author of the cliffs above Willow Lake with Kit Carson Peak in the background.

Willow Lake

Willow Lake

Picture of Willow Lake a week following Jesse Peterson's recovery.

The Willow Lake Canoe

The Willow Lake Canoe

The canoe at Willow Lake that Jesse Peterson was in when a storm blew the canoe over resulting in Jesse's drowning.

The Author on Ellingwood's Summit

The Author on Ellingwood's Summit

The author and his rat terrier, Freckles, on the summit of Ellingwood Point with Blanca Peak and Little Bear Peak's summits in the background. Picture by Adam Wright.

The Author and FFL

The Author and FFL

The author greeting a Flight For Life crew responding to an AVSAR rescue mission. Picture by Don Thompson.

The Author and FFL

The Author and FFL

The author being dropped off by a Flight For Life helicopter to respond to James Cornwall, a critically injured patient located high up on the west ridge of Little Bear Peak. Picture by Don Thompson.

Loading James Cornwall on FFL

Loading James Cornwall on FFL

At the end of a very long rescue mission, AVSAR personnel are loading James Cornwall onto Life Guard Four to be transported to the closest hospital. Picture by Don Thompson.

Cornwall Family Thanks

Cornwall Family Thanks

Picture sent to AVSAR by the Cornwall family reinforcing all the people's whose lives were positively affected by James Cornwall's rescue and survival.

The Author and Mt. Holy Cross

The Author and Mt. Holy Cross

The author in front of Mt. Holy Cross on the day that Michele Vanek vanished.

Crestone Peak

Crestone Peak

Picture by author of Crestone Peak from Bear's Playground on an early misty morning.

Crestone Needle

Crestone Needle

Picture by author of Crestone Needle from a high saddle south of Brokenhand Peak.

Challenger Point SAR Rescue

Challenger Point SAR Rescue

Multiple SAR agencies working together to save a man who fell on Challenger Point.

Kevin G. Wright

Kevin G. Wright

The author training in high-angle rescue in 2007.

©2015 by Kevin G. Wright all rights reserved.​

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