Three members of the team responded to a 20:30 call for a missing hiker. Two men in the early 30s left the North Fork trail head mid morning to hike up Gallatin Peak and back. One of the hikers was less experienced than the other hiker which was the reporting party. The reporting party indicated that they decided to split up and go at their own pace. The last time the reporting party saw his friend was at a trail junction. When the reporting party got back to his car at the trail head he was surprised that his friend was not there. The BSSAR team was in the the process of planning their approach when the missing hiker reached the trail head.
One member of the BSSAR team responded to a 911 call for a medical emergency at Hyalite Lake. The lake is outside of Big Sky's service area and can be reached quicker by the Gallatin Valley SAR. The page was eventually cancelled.
BSSAR was paged to a mountain biker with a leg injury near the Southern Comfort Chair lift at the Big Sky Resort. The page was eventually cancelled as Big Sky Bike Patrol handles injuries in the resorts boundaries.
Nine members of the BSSAR team responded at 14:22 to a call for an injured female hiker. Based upon the report received from 911 dispatch, the team knew they had a 50 plus year old women with an ankle injury. A Hasty Team of two was sent in to quickly reach the patient while the rest of the team brought the Teton litter and other resources to the scene. The women had an unstable ankle injury which was stabilized before she was loaded onto the Teton litter to be carried approximately 2 miles to the waiting Ranger side by side. She was loaded into the Ranger and transported without incidence to the awaiting ambulance.
Ten members of the team responded at 17:55 for a medical emergency at Deer Lake. A 48 year old male had hiked up to the lake with his son to stay the night. He had some pre-existing medical conditions that became aggravated after they set up camp. Seven members of the team hiked the 6 plus miles to the lake and found the man in distress. Due to the terrain, darkness, weather and other ongoing rescues their request for a helicopter evacuation was declined. The Deer Lake trail is very rocky and treacherous in the dark. Evacuating the patient by foot or by litter was not an option. The team provided basic life support care to the patient throughout the night and was thankful when the helicopter finally arrived the next morning. The patient's condition continued to deteriorate through the night however the teams skills, training and commitment kept him alive until he was able to be evacuated to difinitive care. This really show's the quality and caliber of the volunteers that make up BSSAR. The man made a full recovery and he and his family along with the helicopter team had a nice reunion at the Big Sky Search and Rescue headquarters later in the month.
Once again the team found themselves responding to a call for an injured horseback rider on the Buffalo Horn Creek trail. Seven members of the team responded. Based upon the information received by 911 dispatch and the reporting party on scene regarding the nature of the women's injuries a helicopter was immediately dispatched. A BSSAR Hasty team of two on dirt bikes was able to reach the injured party at the same time the helicopter landed. Due to the rugged nature of the terrain the injured party was still some distance from the helicopter. Although not easy, the Hasty Team with the helicopter team and reporting party was able to get the injured women into the helicopter. She was transported to Bozeman where her life threatening injuries were treated and she's expected to recover. She was lucky that the weather allowed the helicopter to reach her quickly which is not always the case. As with any helicopter rescue the BSSAR team was on stand by and working their way to the location to serve as back-up.
Four members of the team responded to a 911 call for an injured ATV rider in the Storm Castle area. The family was riding rented equipment when their son was thrown from the vehicle resulting in a possible leg fracture. The reporting party was not really sure where they were which delayed the response for help. It was finally determined that their location was outside of Big Sky Search and Rescue's operating area and the incident was turned over to the Gallatin County Search and Rescue team.