It turns out the mountain location devices worked after all. But it’s a good thing the dog kept them alive long enough for the location devices to pay off. Ah, there is nothing like a good dog!
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The dog probably saved their livesÃ¢â‚¬Â by lying across them during the cold night, said Erik Brom, a member of the Portland Mountain Rescue team. He described the wind in the canyon as Ã¢â‚¬Å“hellacious.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The two women left the snow vehicle first, followed by Bryant and the dog. The three climbers boarded the ambulance, and Velvet leapt in after them.
In addition to the dog, who provided warmth and comfort, rescuers attributed the happy outcome to the climbersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ use of an electronic mountain locator unit that guided searchers to their exact position.