15-year-old with head injury airlifted from Mount Zirkel Wilderness | SteamboatToday.com

15-year-old with head injury airlifted from Mount Zirkel Wilderness

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. 

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A 15-year-old boy was rescued from Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area after he fell and received a non-life threatening head injury.

At 12:19 p.m., Routt County Search and Rescue was dispatched to the Gilpin Lake area to help the boy.

Classic Air Medical was dispatched to the scene, said Search and Rescue Incident Commander Kristia Check-Hill. At about 2:10 p.m., the helicopter began to airlift the boy to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.

Check-Hill said it would’ve taken rescuers more than an hour to drive and four hours to hike to get to the boy. Four Search and Rescue volunteers had reached the Slavonia Trailhead by the time the helicopter lifted off with the boy, she said.

The boy was on a weeklong backpacking trip with six other students and four adults, Check-Hill said.

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email ehasenbeck@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter, @elHasenbeck.

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