Wayne Scott was lost.
In October of last year, Scott, 68, became separated from his
wife and another couple while hiking up Crown Point Road near
At 9 p.m. his wife called rescuers, and members of the Larimer
County Search and Rescue found Scott at about 4 a.m. the next
"I wasn’t really worried about being lost, I knew about
where I was, but if they hadn’t come to get me I probably would’ve
waited another hour or two before I got myself out." Scott
According to Don Davis, manager for LCSAR, it could happen to
anyone: walking along a well-worn trail in the mountains when one
is suddenly caught on the mountain, in the dark, unprepared for the
conditions. No flashlight. No rain gear. No tent.
According to Davis, in order to prevent getting lost, all
outdoor adventurers should take certain precautions before leaving
for an outdoor activity, such as letting someone know their planed
destination and expected return time. Davis said that small piece
of information is one of the most important clues that will lead
him and his team to the missing individual – and get the missing
person home safely.
"We find people by following clues. The more clues you
leave behind, the easier it’s going to be for us to find you."
The LCSAR is a volunteer organization dedicated mainly to
rescuing lost or injured people in the wilderness areas within
Members of the LCSAR generally maintain other jobs outside of
their volunteer work and are required to wear a pager issued to
them by the team. This pager allows the headquarters to contact
volunteers at all times of day with any "missions" that
According to Davis, the LCSAR generally functions on about 75
"mission-calls" a year.
Those missions fall into one of two categories: either rescues
of stranded or injured climbers or searches that involve anything
from finding a lost hiker, to recovering bodies and even helping
local law enforcement officers root out suspects who might be
hiding in the wilderness.
"’Bastard searches,’ in the SAR community, that’s what we
call them. As in, ‘that bastard,’" Davis said. "These are
people who have personal problems and financial problems and they
go into the backcountry because they want to fake their death. One
person had a warrant out for their arrest so they faked their death
in the mountains. We searched for seven days and didn’t find them.
He turned up six months later in California on a routine traffic
Besides any backcountry related accidents, which occur inside
Larimer County, LCSAR members are also often called upon to assist
in other parts of the state, such as search teams from El Paso and
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Last year, several LCSAR members were sent to Florida in
February to help officials with the Columbia space shuttle
Other than missions, members of the LCSAR are sometimes asked to
teach preventive search and rescue classes at local schools, civic
organizations and clubs.
Classes are designed to provide the public with an understanding
of general wilderness safety techniques like building fires, making
a shelter and what to do if lost.
Davis said members usually give about 500 to 600 hours a year on
"The hours can be overwhelming," said Janice
Weixelman, a Search One volunteer of the LCSAR. "Over time
people will drop out and every year we need new members."
The LCSAR is currently accepting applications for volunteers to
fill up some positions left from last year. Specifically, they need
about 80 to 100 available volunteers to draw from for each
Weixelman stressed that they are looking for people that
understand the time commitment.
Scott said the LCSAR team is "real friendly, nice and
professional." And he urges the locals to "…donate
something once in awhile."
"This group is a really dedicated group," he said.
"They don’t get too much from the people – a lot of it they
have to buy themselves."