Boy Scout troop rescued from ice field in Red Mountain Pass area


Red Mountain Pass near Ouray.

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OURAY, Colo. — A troop of Boy Scouts who were stuck on an ice field in the Red Mountain Pass of southwestern Colorado area have been rescued according to the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office.

A mountain rescue was underway Wednesday after a Boy Scout troop called emergency dispatch to say they were stuck on an ice field in the Red Mountain Pass area, the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

The rescue team was able to assist a group of 43 Boy Scouts and adults from Arizona get out of deep snow and icy conditions back to the trailhead.

With only minor injuries reported, everyone is accounted for.  The group is safe, just “cold, wet and tired”, according to the Ouray Mountain Rescue team.

The sheriff’s office said it received a 911 call from the troop about 7 a.m., prompting the rescue. There still is a lot of snow on the pass and rainfall is heavy at lower elevations in the area, contributing to icy conditions.

The hikers were stuck on Richmond Pass at an elevation of 12,300 and had been hiking and camping in the area for a few days. The pass is situated between Ouray and Silverton.

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