Helicopter crew rescues teen hurt in fall on icy Valley mountain trail

zhollander@adn.comFebruary 12, 2014 

Vehicles leave streaks of light as they pass on the Glenn Highway near Palmer. Lazy Mountain is in the background. (2008 archive photo)

STEPHEN NOWERS — Anchorage Daily News

A LifeMed Alaska helicopter rescued a male teenager who fell about a hundred feet on Lazy Mountain near Palmer on Tuesday evening, Alaska State Troopers said.

The teen received what troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters described as "multiple non-life-threatening injuries." The teen's injuries were reported at 5:10 p.m.

He may have broken his leg, according to a Mat-Su Borough warning about "very dangerous icy conditions" on the mountain now.

The nearly 3,700-foot peak in the Chugach Mountains is a popular hiking and running destination -- even in winter. But current conditions have made it slick enough to warrant special equipment and extra gear, according to the borough warning posted Wednesday on Facebook.

"You cannot climb it without micro-spike cleats. Parking lot cleats will not be safe enough," the post says. "If you go, please be prepared with extra clothing, food, hand warmers, headlamp. If you are not prepared, you are relying on others to save you if you run into trouble."

Reach Zaz Hollander at zhollander@adn.com or 257-4317.


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