Emergency calls on Manitou Incline spike; hikers asked to prepare for intense climb

Michel CooperLast Update : Wednesday 5 July 2017 - 1:25 AM
Emergency calls on Manitou Incline spike; hikers asked to prepare for intense climb

By Ellie Mulder, The Gazette

After first responders were called to the Manitou Incline five times over the long weekend, the Manitou Springs Fire Department pleaded with hikers to prepare for the “strenuous” trek.

Serious and life-threatening medical calls have increased in recent days, with several dehydrated people needing help getting down, said the Rev. David Hunting, department spokesman. One person who was rescued had heart problems, Hunting said.

A rescue on the Incline can take three to eight hours, depending on the injury and location. That ties up resources of the Fire Department and El Paso County Search and Rescue, says a post on the department’s Facebook page.

The high number of emergency calls might be linked to an increase in tourists – some unused to the altitude – and people wanting to get outside over the Fourth of July weekend, Hunting said. Although the Incline has exploded in popularity in recent years, people should “really think carefully” before they take it on, he added.

“With as many tourists as we have in town this time of year, many of them are just unprepared for the strenuous nature of the hike.”

The Incline “is not appropriate for everyone,” the post says.

Read the full story at Gazette.com.

Source: denverpost

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