If there’s a bomb cyclone rolling through the area, it’s probably not the right time for much outdoor recreation. One person found that out the hard way after attempting to climb the extremely steep Manitou Incline route during Colorado Springs’ most recent storm. This resulted in a rescue operation that involved more than 18 Colorado Springs firefighters.
Here’s the original tweet from the Colorado Springs Fire Department about the incident:
#E5 and #E13 assisting @Manitougov for a scree evacuation of one party off of the manitouincline. Not a good day to be on the incline or any other trail. At least 18 personnel will affect rescue please stay home today and out of harms way.
— CSFD PIO (@CSFDPIO) March 13, 2019
It doesn’t say much about what specifically happened to prompt the rescue, but there’s a good chance it had something to do with the huge amount of snow/ice and extremely strong winds in the area (gusts in the area were well above 90 miles per hour). The Manitou Incline is notoriously steep, climbing more than 2,000 feet in less than a mile. Even on a sunny day in the early season, traction can be necessary. Many parts of the route are relatively shaded, which means that snow and ice tend to stick around long after it has melted elsewhere.
Even though the bomb cyclone might be over, be aware of how what you do outside today could be pulling emergency crews from something else they need to be doing.
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