A big thank you to all of the emergency personnel and volunteers who rescued me and my dog Cody from the backcountry near Echo Peak last Wednesday, Jan. 2. California Highway Patrol officer Mark Flores, the helicopter crew of CHP H-20, Paramedic Mike Anderson and Lake Valley Fire Department, Mike Sukau and the Tahoe Unit of El Dorado County Search and Rescue and many others dropped everything to help get me off the mountain late in the day in freezing temperatures after I blew my knee out on my first turn off the summit. I really appreciate your efforts and professionalism. As an experienced backcountry skier who has spent more than 10 winters in Tahoe, I broke the first rule of backcountry by going alone, especially late in the day. Blessed with amazing powder in the backcountry last week during “resort blackout week,” I skied five days in the backcountry, venturing alone only once, and that’s when I was injured. Just another reminder to the Tahoe Tribe — go out with a friend, be prepared, charge your cell phone, keep your CalStar membership and insurance active and support your local search and rescue and emergency personnel — they might just save your life. Pete Brumis and CodySouth Lake Tahoe
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