Latest News – February 4

Saguache Search and Rescue Assist Ill-Prepared Hiker

On January 24, the Saguache County Search & Rescue (SAGSAR) was called out to assist a local man who had gone for a hike with a friend up Cottonwood Creek. SAR_logoHe got stuck several hundred feet up a steep icy incline.

According to Saguache County Deputy Wayne Clark who assisted in the rescue, the SCSR team of Dan Wheeler and Paul Grice did a great job climbing up in the dark and lowering the man to safety. No one was injured in the rescue.

“The man had neither the clothes nor supplies for a winter hike,” stated Deputy Clark, as recorded on the SCSR Facebook Page.

The hiker also did not have his Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search & Rescue Card (CORSAR) which helps pay the astronomical cost of search and rescue missions.

Please sign up to get your CORSAR Card, even if you are just going for a hike. Many of the costs incurred by volunteer SAR teams during missions are covered by the funds raised by the sale of the card. If you don’t have a card, those costs may be your responsibility. The CORSAR Card is very affordable and is available for $3 for a one-year card and $12 for a five-year card. Click HERE to get yours today!

The Saguache County Search and Rescue team is completely volunteer driven. To become involved or to donate: LINK.

The Saguache County Search and Rescue team is completely volunteer driven. To become involved or to donate: LINK. Photo: SAGSAR.

Saguache County Search & Rescue (SAGSAR) is part of the Saguache County Sheriff’s Department. According to the team’s website, SAGSAR performs wilderness search and rescue operations mainly in the Northern Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range. They are dispatched out of the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office with an average of 10 calls a year, lasting up to 48-72 hours. The team finds it a very challenging and rewarding experience.


SAGSAR is a volunteer crew that does not charge for search and rescue missions. You can help save lives and defray the costs of operations by making a tax deductible donation.
Please Donate to help offset costs for technical gear, training and administrative costs.

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One response to “Latest News – February 4

  1. ManyThanks to Paul,Ryan,Jason ,David and all the rest for getting me down from North Crestone Lake 9/29.Also the good folks in Alamosa ER including Dr.Senula who sewed me up.I have a mild concussion still but will be ready to come back out there and try again next fall..There is a reward for my Blue Osprey backpack left at the lake as well as my buddies who was evacuated with me..And finally to the 135th Black Hawk crew that evacuated me-you guys are incredible-40 mile an hour winds, poor radio reception and ominous skies-you looked like angels from heaven to me.My family and I are eternally grateful to you all. Many Thanks and God Bless you all.

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