A 59 year-old male was reported to be at Butler Lodge on Mt Mansfield with a head and neck injury.

The subject was hiking on the Wampahoofus Trail, lost his footing while scrambling through the boulders, striking his head and injuring his neck.  He managed to walk back down to Butler Lodge with significant neck pain.

The response team made up of Stowe Mountain Rescue, Underhill/Jericho Fire Dept., Colchester Technical Rescue and Waterbury Back-country rescue accessed the patient from the top of the Toll Road, hiking down the Long Trail south to the Forehead, then down Maple Ridge to the Wampahoofus Trail to Butler Lodge.

The patient was found outside the lodge being cared for by the Green Mountain Club (GMC) caretaker; he was in a sleeping bag and in moderate pain when stationary, but complained of intense pain with any movement.  

The patient was immobilized with a cervical collar & vacuum mattress and evacuated with a litter and wheel down the Butler Lodge Trail to Stevensville.  Several low angle lowering systems were required to execute the litter carry.  He was transferred to Essex Rescue for transportation to UVM MC.



Team Members RespondingOther Agencies RespondingTime of Call  Weather Conditions

Veliko, Govoni, Westervelt, Wehse 

Underhill/Jericho Fire Dept.

Colchester Technical Rescue

Camel's Hump Back-Country Rescue

Waterbury Back-Country Rescue

1900 - 0300 Clear, Calm, 50 deg F

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