“Ill equipped” hikers with dog rescued after attempting 13er in shorts, tank tops

Two hikers in tank tops and shorts attempting to climb the 13,409-foot Navajo Peak needed a technical rescue Saturday after they lost the trail in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area.

The two men and their dog were attempting to summit the mountain west of Boulder when they got on the wrong trail, according to a news release from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. The hikers used a satellite phone to call 911 at 5:30 p.m.

A Flight for Life helicopter located the hikers close to the nearby summit of Shoshoni Peak. The helicopter dropped personnel from Rocky Mountain Rescue at Pawnee Pass, the nearest place a helicopter could safely land.

The rescue team found the hikers, who were “ill equipped,” at 10:40 p.m., according to the news release.

The technical rescue began at 5:15 a.m. Sunday. A few hours later, the hikers and rescuers arrived at Brainard Lake. Nobody was injured.

Rescue personnel from Indian Peaks Fire District, Rocky Mountain Rescue, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services and Flight for Life responded to the incident.

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