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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 7:06 am 
Wenatchee World By Oscar Rodriguez World staff writer Jan 8, 2024
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LEAVENWORTH — A Seattle man was rescued by helicopter Saturday after he was stuck below Dragontail Peak and could not continue on the Enchantment Loop Trail. Temperatures were forecast to hit below zero Saturday night after the 36-year-old man was rescued from near the base of the mountain near Isolation Lake, according to a Chelan County Sheriff's Office news release. RiverCom 911 dispatch first received a call around 9:30 p.m. Friday from the state Department of Emergency Management which reported a hiker in distress. Sgt. Jason Reinfeld said the hiker planned to hike the Enchantment Loop Trail but had gotten "weathered-in" and could not move any further and was trapped and freezing. The sheriff's office search and rescue coordinator along with Chelan County Mountain Rescue determined it couldn't send rescuers to the hiker due to an avalanche risk in the Aasgard Pass area, according to the news release. A hoist-capable helicopter from the U.S. Army Air Ambulance Department made several attempts through Saturday to reach the hiker but were forced to turn around due to weather issues. The mountain rescue group deployed Saturday with the assistance of Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue. Their plan was to hike to Colchuck Lake to provide assistance if the hiker could make it down Aasgard Pass, if conditions improved, according to the news release. But at 4:50 p.m. Saturday, the helicopter was able to fly to the hiker and hoist him out. He was transported to Yakima Memorial Hospital in stable condition with cold-related injuries.

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 7:53 am 
That guy is extremely lucky, the army was willing to try 4 times. No way foot rescue was going to happen with unsafe conditions existing and a blizzard forecast. I hope he posts his story on popular hiking websites.

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 7:54 am 
Curious, do these squids have to pay for their rescue costs?

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 8:15 am 
Glad he is OK. I have not ever had to be rescued. But when or if I do, I am glad it is a free and well organized team that will come for me. Of course it is not free if you consider I give money to the recue organizations in my area on a regular basis. FYI, the military helicopters run training missions constantly to stay sharp. These rescues are in that budget. They are going to be out flying around anyway. Why not rescue someone who got in over their head or was just unlucky? The money will be spent either way.

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 8:59 am 
The military crews get real world experience that is hard to duplicate in training.

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 9:38 am 
I know all outdoors stuff is a calculated risk and don't think "let people die for their mistakes" is a good rule for society but also who in their right mind tries this hike in January with this weather forecast?

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 9:46 am 
Hutch wrote:
I know all outdoors stuff is a calculated risk and don't think "let people die for their mistakes" is a good rule for society but also who in their right mind tries this hike in January with this weather forecast?
Glad he was rescued but my thought is the same, "What was he thinking!"

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 10:02 am 
I love a good storm. Workable exit strategies are key.

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 10:12 am 
gb wrote:
Hutch wrote:
I know all outdoors stuff is a calculated risk and don't think "let people die for their mistakes" is a good rule for society but also who in their right mind tries this hike in January with this weather forecast?
Glad he was rescued but my thought is the same, "What was he thinking!"
I don't like to Monday-morning quarterback these rescues, particularly with limited information. That said, I am really struggling to see the wisdom on a solo attempt of the Enchantments traverse in the weather conditions forecast for that time period.

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 10:23 am 
Good footage for social media? I hiked into Enchantments during nasty weather? Rescue by helicopter? What will be the title?

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 11:11 am 
Glad to hear they made it out alive.

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 3:30 pm 
Shred wrote:
Curious, do these squids have to pay for their rescue costs?
No, just like people don't have to pay for the fire department or police to come help them when needed. Search and rescue is mostly volunteers; a lot of people on this site regularly donate to them to pay for helicopter fuel and maintenance. Sometimes the military does the flying, they write it off as a training exercise. Flying missions in rugged mountainous Afghanistan or Iraq requires a lot of the same skills as flying here. The sheriff usually coordinates a rescue effort, but that's literally part of their job. If you ever find yourself in trouble, call for help without worrying about going bankrupt before it gets drastic. A lot of people panic and make things a lot worse. It's obviously better to get yourself out, but don't take big risks to do it.

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 3:51 pm 
Hiking the Enchantments solo in January with a storm coming in? Who comes up with these hare-brained ideas? At some point you cross a line from bold and daring to reckless and suicidal, at which point I run out of sympathy. Got no sympathy for this crazy dude whatsoever. It's not the taxpayers' responsibility to bail out every nut who decides to try suicide by mountain but then chickens out, imo.

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 4:05 pm 
That's quite the effort to get up there in winter. Easy to second guess from the keyboard at home.

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PostTue Jan 09, 2024 6:35 pm 
Shred wrote:
Curious, do these squids have to pay for their rescue costs?
Shred, FYI there was a full thread on this topic a few years ago that explores the issue: Paying for Rescue? This seems to come up every time a rescue happens when reports appear to indicate a seriously foolish or under-prepared hiker.

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