CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office responded Sunday morning to a report of an avalanche on Torrey’s Peak. They said they received reports from six hikers around 9 a.m., four of whom may have been seriously injured.
The Sheriff’s Deputies, Alpine Rescue Team, Summit County Rescue Group, and Clear Creek EMS all responded.
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Two Flight for Life helicopters dropped the teams, and all six hikers were found and suffered minor injuries.
Officials told CBS4 that while all of the hikers were trapped, four of them rode off the slide into a rock field. You could also evacuate yourself.
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The sheriff’s office says it is not clear if the hikers were on their way.
“When you come into the hinterland, you must be prepared for all conditions,” said Bruce Snelling, Undersheriff of Clear Creek County.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center tells CBS4 that it sounds more like a rock fall than an avalanche, but there is still snow in the mountains. CAIC says warmer temperatures loosen the rocks and snow, creating treacherous conditions.
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“An avalanche can happen anywhere there is snow,” says Ethan Greene, Director at CAIC. “When you go into alpine areas, there is loose rock and loose snow. It’s nice weather, but you have to be careful. “