Crews rescue unprepared hiker stuck on icy ledge in Sandias

March 18, 2022 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Emergency personnel rescued an unprepared hiker who got trapped on any icy ledge after getting lost during a snowstorm on a trail in the Sandia Mountains overlooking Albuquerque, police said.

The hiker was not dressed for cold and windy weather and called 911 Thursday when he was forced to stand still in snow on the ledge to avoid slipping and falling off the mountain, according to a police department statement.

Crew s from several agencies responded and a team was able to hike to within about 60 feet (18 meters) of the man, the statement said.

An officer rappelled down to the hiker and provided him with clothing and crampons, enabling the team to get him off the ledge and hike with him to a parking lot where he was treated and released by fire department medical personnel, the statement said.

The man’s identity was not released.

The incident occurred on the La Luz Trail, which the U.S. Forest Service describes as well known and difficult.