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Woman, 2 dogs rescued from Quandary Peak

4:19 PM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
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KUSA - Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. That's how a couple from Broomfield looks at their hike on Quandary Peak.

Clint Hess and Katrina Schutte, along with their two large dogs Loki and Lilly, reached the summit of the 14er around noon on July 24.

They ended up descending the rocky west side of the mountain, which can be very challenging.

Despite both being experienced hikers, they had a tough time navigating the terrain with the dogs.

After hours of trying to make their way down, a storm blew in. They decided it would be best to settle down for the night in a makeshift shelter.

Hess says the temperatures got down into the 40s and their backpack with warm clothes had fallen off a cliff during the hike down.

In the early morning hours the next day, Hess went out alone to find help. More than 20 rescuers responded and were able to locate Schutte and the two dogs.

"We lowered [Schutte] down to where she could start walking out," said rescuer Hunter Mortensen. "Another rescuer and I sat at the top trying to figure out the best way to get two tired and exhausted dogs down a 200 foot cliff."

With some ingenuity, the two rescuers emptied out their backpacks and used them as pouches for the dogs.

The dogs fit snuggly in the backpacks, as if they were in a 'Baby Bjorn', one rescue member told 9NEWS.

The couple and the dogs are doing well after their ordeal.

They also want to thank Summit County Rescue Group for getting Schutte and the dogs down safely.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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