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Hikers, dog rescued from Quandary Peak
Another dog stranded while hiking with owners on Quandary Peak Sunday made it safely off the Fourteener after Summit County Rescue Group responded to bring the dog and another hiker to safety.
Two hikers and the dog ended up trapped, or “cliffed out” on the West Ridge route Sunday night without technical gear. One of the hikers was able to climb down to get help using abandoned equipment he found in the area.
Seventeen members of the rescue group responded to help the second hiker and the dog, who were both lowered to safety.
Rescuers received the call just before 8 p.m. Sunday, but the hiker and dog didn't make it back to their vehicle until 6:30 a.m. Monday.
The rescue isn't the first that involved dogs stranded in the backcountry this year. Local rescuers respond to calls to help hikers and their dogs every year. The recent well-publicized Missy case on Mount Bierstadt is just one example.
To keep pooches out of trouble on High Country hikes, officials recommend being prepared in advance, carefully considering whether dogs can handle the selected terrain and respecting pets' signals that they are injured or exhausted.