Huge thank you/Handies rescue

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Re: Huge thank you

Postby J C Wilks » Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:42 pm

I'm sure your dad would have done the same had he been in our shoes Keith. I was wondering how he is doing so thanks for posting. Props to the SAR guys.

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Re: Huge thank you

Postby PKelley » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:31 pm

Glad to hear he is okay. I'll pass along the news.

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Re: Huge thank you

Postby Cookiehiker » Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:47 am

So glad to hear of both the successful rescue and your father's continued improvement, Keith! Many thoughts and prayers for him as he recovers!
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Re: Huge thank you/Handies rescue update

Postby ORION » Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:59 am

Please see my updated post at the beginning of this thread. The Polaroid-type photo was given to me by a fellow hiker.
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Re: Huge thank you/Handies rescue/photo

Postby steelfrog » Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:24 am

Love to read success stories like this!

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Re: Huge thank you/Handies rescue/photo

Postby DanRiley » Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:26 am

It was so good to hear such a positive outcome to such a frightening situation. Sounds like you and everyone involved handled it superbly. I was quite moved by your narrative as I am nearing your father's age and will be returning to Colorado next week to climb for the first time in over a decade.
Thanks for sharing such a great story.

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Re: Huge thank you/Handies rescue/photo

Postby flatlander51 » Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:31 am

Wow, that is a truly amazing story of a successful rescue. I can't begin to imagine the efforts and coordination it took everyone involved to pull this off. My hat's off to them. And I wish you, your family and, especially your dad, all the best. And don't forget to pat yourself on the back a little bit for your quick thinking and appropriate actions, Orion. I hope that anyone I hike with could maintain their cool and act as intelligently as you did. Your actions under extreme duress helped save his life, too.

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Re: Huge thank you/Handies rescue/photo

Postby hilo21 » Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:45 am

I'm so glad to hear your father is okay! I wish him a speedy recovery!

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Re: Huge thank you/Handies rescue/photo

Postby MountainHiker » Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:58 am

Wow, amazing operation. There would have been a much different outcome not that many years ago. I’m glad to hear your father is recovering well.
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Re: Huge thank you/Handies rescue/photo

Postby Mark A Steiner » Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:02 pm

A real blessing to read an outcome like this. May he recover speedily and try again! =D>
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Re: Huge thank you/Handies rescue/photo

Postby globreal » Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:10 pm


Thanks for the update and detailed account. Amazing success story that can be celebrated! Kudos to all involved.
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Re: Huge thank you/Handies rescue/photo

Postby Jim Davies » Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:48 pm

That's a terrific story, and I'm glad to hear your dad is recovering well. Kudos to all the rescuers involved.

So, when is he trying again? He doesn't sound like the kind of guy that would let Handies defeat him. :)
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