Soldiers rescued after night on Longs Peak

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  1. I saw this yesterday and wondered what you thought. They are lucky a high elevation helicopter and crew were available. They aren’t always.
    Seriously? This on top of the “training exercise” out of Fort Hood in flash floods that killed soldiers. (While telling everyone to turn around don’t drown – and surely knowing that 2 feet of swiftly moving water can float ANY vehicle…they drove right into it?)
    A bit of training the trainers needs to be done…maybe ask some ordinary locals if you can’t figure how to teach/train safely.
    (And now they will have to all climb it again…with more care next time hopefully)

    1. If nothing else, they learned to respect altitude. I was watching some motorcycle racing today in Lakewood, a Denver suburb, and there was a lot of talk about the altitude and the riders needing to control their breathing because of it, and the bikes’ engines being affected by it. Several riders dropped out because of altitude sickness. And that was here in the metro area. Longs is 9,000 feet higher.

      1. Altitude is sneaky. You know things are changing when you drive into the mountains, but it’s not particularly obvious if you just drive or fly to Denver, yet we are a full mile above the coast. Well, the capitol building is. Denver is down in a river valley. Most of the suburbs are higher than that. My phone says my sofa is at 5,533 ft.

... and that's my two cents