Bikes in WSA

A mountain biker pedals on the south side of Teton Pass in this News&Guide file photo.

Over the weekend, Teton County Search and Rescue volunteers responded to two separate incidents on Fuzzy Bunny, an aggressive downhill mountain bike trail on Teton Pass.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the team was alerted to a mountain biker who’d crashed on the trail and sustained potentially serious injuries. The patient was initially knocked unconscious, but he was able to walk to the trailhead when he came to, said Search and Rescue Chief Advisor Cody Lockhart.

The responding volunteers did an initial assessment before passing that rider off to a waiting ambulance.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, the team responded to another mountain biker who’d been injured on the same trail. Lockhart said the crash likely resulted in a broken collarbone.

Volunteers rode up in an all-terrain vehicle while others hiked out for backup. The patient was assessed and treated on the trail and then transported to St. John’s Health.

For those kinds of extreme rides, Search and Rescue recommends appropriate safety gear and an abundance of caution.

“The amount of responses we’ve had to the downhill trail system on Teton Pass is significant,” Lockhart said.

In June 2020, Search and Rescue responded to a young mountain biker who crashed on Fuzzy Bunny. That rider, Pierre Bergman, was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center with a serious spinal injury.

The names of the individuals in this weekend’s accidents have not been released.

The rescue team also received calls from Moose Creek and Turpin Meadows over the weekend, but both turned out to be non-emergencies, Lockhart said.

Contact Evan Robinson-Johnson at 732-5901 or ERJ@jhnewsandguide.com.

Evan Robinson-Johnson covers issues residents face on a daily basis, from smoky skies to housing insecurity. Originally from New England, he has settled in east Jackson and avoids crowds by rollerblading through the alleyways.

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