2 Hut trippers get lost hiking from one hut to another

Luckily they were rescued by the Colorado Army National Guard after calling 911. Doing a Hut to Hut is not an easy task, especially when you enter wilderness areas that no longer have the blue diamonds we all trust to guide us. Even with the blue diamonds, it's still easy to get lost. I always bring a GPS with me, extra batteries, and I have posted many of the routes I have taken to this site so that you can download them to your GPS. Obviously, carrying a phone helped them get in touch with the police, but they were simply lucky that it worked.

No matter what, I assume my electronics are going to fail. Therefore, I always bring a map, compass and doing much work understanding where I am going before I go there. With Google Earth and the maps on Colorado Hikers, you should have enough online resources to help you understand where you are going.

Always leave as early as possible on the hut to hut adventures. When we did the Tenth Mountain to Uncle Bud's hut trip, it took us much longer than we anticipated, and arrived at Uncle Bud's as the sun was setting.

Lastly, I never enter the Colorado Backcountry without a
Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) Card. In the event of unfortunate incidents such as this, they will reimburse the costs incurred in your search and rescue. It does not cover medical emergencies: "The card is not insurance and does not reimburse individuals nor does it pay for medical transport. Medical transport includes helicopter flights or ground ambulance. If aircraft are used as a search vehicle, those costs are reimbursed by the fund. If the aircraft becomes a medical transport due to a medical emergency, the medical portion of the transport is not covered."

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