A male in his 60s hiking with his dog along Devisadero Trail east of Taos apparently had a serious cardiac episode sometime after noon Saturday (Aug. 18).
An out-of-state man in his 60s hiking with his dog along Devisadero Trail east of Taos apparently had a serious cardiac episode shortly after noon Saturday (Aug. 18). According to an email message from EMS Director Chris Medina, the man called 911 from the trail complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath.
Rescuers from Taos EMS, Rio Fernando Fire Department, and Taos Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and had to hike several miles up the often steep and rocky popular hiking trail. The crew was reportedly carrying a gurney and medical equipment.
"Upon reaching the patient, the rescuers began getting him ready for extrication from the trail when the patient suddenly deteriorated and had to be resuscitated twice," Medina said.
A separate hiker coming down the trail who saw him being attended said when he saw the man he appeared to be awake and sitting up.
Dispatch stated because of the distance and rough condition of the trail, a separate route was chosen to come down. The route chosen leads to Piedmont Road, north and west of Devisadero. An ambulance was then dispatched to the new location, according to personnel parked at El Nogal Parking Area along U.S. 64 east.
In the meantime, a CareFlight helicopter was being prepared to extract the man from a landing zone the crew hoped to find along the road. A mountain biker was also helping to scout the easiest route down the trail which one crew member termed “gnarly.”
The crew worked for a couple of hours to bring the man down the harzardous trail to where he could be extracted by ambulance. It was eventually deteremined that the helicopter was unable take off due to an incoming storm.
By 3:20 p.m., the "patient was extricated and transported to Holy Cross Hospital by Taos EMS," Medina said. "Patient arrived at (the emergency room) awake and responding well." No word so far on the man's name or condition of his dog..