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Douglas County search and rescue saves man on Christmas
Posted on Dec 28th, 2012

The Douglas County search-and-rescue team found a way to burn off Christmas dinner: rescuing a hiker in Castlewood Canyon state park.
The team was paged around 4:30 p.m. Dec. 25, to the water falls in the park to help rescue Clayton Adam, 20, of Castle Rock, said Bruce Fosdick, president of search and rescue.

Adam was hiking on the park trail on Christmas Day when he fell about 50 feet to the bottom of the canyon. By the time search-and-rescue team arrived, the sun was setting and temperatures fell to about 10 degrees, Fosdick said.
With Adam injured at the bottom of a snow-covered, icy trail and a 60-degree drop to the bottom, there was only one way to bring him to the top: strapped to a litter and lifted by ropes and pulleys.
It was a technical rescue they train all year for and rarely get to use, Fosdick said.
“Everyone’s moving fast, we’re all moving together as a team,” he said. “But the adrenaline is pumping.”
Adam told rescuers he slipped down the canyon wall when he got one step too close to the edge in an effort to see to the bottom, Fosdick said. He was wearing cowboy boots and street clothes and was without climbing equipment.
Adam sustained an ankle injury and could not scale the wall to the top, Fosdick said.
Rescuers pulled him to the top and by 6:30 p.m. had him in an ambulance to Sky Ridge Medical Center, where he was treated for a leg injury.
The 19 search-and-rescue team members who responded to the call ranged in age from their late 20s to their early 60s, Fosdick said.
“These guys just like climbing on the rocks and it’s a way to give back to their community,” he said. “They like doing this sort of thing.”
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