Survival Weekly – 6/8/14


Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Pilot Seriously Injured In Plane Crash In Park

A 54-year old man was injured when his single-engine airplane crashed in the park on Monday morning.

Shortly before 8:30 a.m., several callers reported that a small plane had crashed just north of the Gardiner Cemetery and east of Yellowstone Trail inside Yellowstone National Park. The accident site is south of the publicly-owned Gardiner Airport, which is outside the park boundary.

The seriously injured pilot was removed from the wreckage and transported by ambulance to Gardiner Airport, then transferred to a Summit Air Ambulance helicopter and taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment.

The plane is an Aero Commander agricultural aircraft, which is designed to carry a single pilot and no passengers.  The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified of the accident, which is under investigation.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office and Gardiner Ambulance joined Yellowstone National Park law enforcement rangers, firefighters, and EMS personnel in a park ambulance in responding to the incident.


Mount Rainier National Park (WA)
Six Climbers Killed On Liberty Ridge

The search for a party of six overdue climbers on Liberty Ridge came to a tragic conclusion on May 31st when an air search identified personal items and detected avalanche beacon signals at a location 3,300 feet below the ridge in a debris field on the Carbon Glacier. This area correlates with the fall line in the area of the climbers’ last known location.

With all physical evidence at the scene suggesting that the party was buried in the debris field for nearly three days along with the 3,300 feet fall, it was determined that there was no chance of survival. 

Evidence suggests that the party was swept off the mountain in an avalanche-like event.  The final fall location is extremely hazardous due to continuous rock and ice fall from the ridge above.  Recovery efforts would require ground and aviation resources and would put recovery personnel in the direct path of these hazards.  Incident command made the decision to not conduct those efforts in light of the unacceptable risks to recovery personnel and the operation transitioned to a limited, continuous search at that time. Recovery efforts will be evaluated on an ongoing basis as conditions change. 

The party consisted of two Alpine Ascents International climbing guides and four clients. They last contacted their office on May 28th at approximately 6:00 pm by satellite phone from about 12,800 feet on the Liberty Ridge route. They reported that all was well at the time. The climbers were planning to make their push to the summit the following day. Alpine Ascents reported the overdue party at 4:30 pm on May 30th. 

Approximately 50 people were assigned to the operation, including park staff, commercial climbing guides and military personnel. A team of three climbing rangers conducted a ground search along the Liberty Ridge climbing route.  The US Army Reserve 214th Air Division out of Joint Base Lewis McChord and Northwest Helicopters provided the helicopter assets vital to locating the climbing victims. 

The combined efforts of the ground search and aerial search teams ensured that the suspected accident area was methodically searched for any evidence associated with the climbing victims.  

Drugs, phantom bears, and rescue –

Injured climber rescued

Stranded hikers rescued –

Boaters rescued –

Injured ATV rider rescued –

Rescue launched for missing man in lake –

Lost on a jungle island  &

Injured and lost motorcycle riders rescued –

Stranded hikers rescued –

Search initiated for injured hikers –

Injured hiker rescued by helicopter

Dehydrated hiker rescued –

Lost climber rescued –

Tasmanian rescue crew locate three missing men –

Mountain biker rescued –

Injured cyclist rescued –

Stranded hiker rescued ––Mountain-Rescue

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