Rope systems were required to rescue a Quebec hiker who fell 200 feet from the 4,083-foot summit of Camel’s Hump and injured his knee Sept. 9.
Twenty-two rescuers responded from the Waterbury Backcountry Rescue Team, Camel’s Hump Back Country Rescue, Colchester Technical Rescue, Huntington Search & Rescue and Stowe Mountain Rescue.
Teams hiked up the Burrows Trail and followed the Long Trail to the summit, bringing extrication and medical equipment. The injured leg was immobilized and the hiker was packaged in a litter and sleeping bag.
The evacuation required three rope raise systems to get to the summit, and multiple lowering systems on steep sections of the Long Trail and Burrows Trail. The evacuation was completed without incident and an ambulance took the hiker to UVM Medical Center.
This was the third rescue on Camel’s Hump in two weeks.