Survival Weekly – 11/24/14…


Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

Great article about bears tracking hunters. It has happened to me several times and one of my co-workers had a big bear that was tracking him finish off an injured hog over at Pretty Hollow Gap years ago. Having a bear follow you down the trail in the middle of the night, miles from anywhere, waiting for the dinner bell to ring can be a little unnerving. Another safety plus of thermal monoculars if you do control work in bear country –

Pretty common scenario. No flashlights, dying cell phone, lower extremity injury.

Flashlights, trip plans, maps, charged cell phones, and first aid training are cheap companions on a trip.

News – 

SAR drone challenge –

Innovative agency gets dispatchers out in the field –

Blood stopping gel in the works –

Hiking – 

Lost hikers found –

Clues of missing hiker found at mine shaft –

Lost hiker found –

Surveyor airlifted after fall –

Hunter-Gatherer –

Search called off for missing hunter –

Climbing – 

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Body Of Missing Climber Found

During helicopter search operations yesterday, the body of Peter Jeffris, missing since last Sunday, was found 200 feet below the Ledges on the Keyhole Route.

A park SAR team was flown to a landing spot in the Glacier Gorge drainage and four team members climbed approximately 1,800 vertical feet to where Jeffris was found. His body was flown from the scene to a landing spot at Upper Beaver Meadows at approximately 4 p.m. and transferred to the Boulder County Coroner.

Jeffris was reported overdue the afternoon of Monday, November 17th, when he did not arrive at work. His vehicle was located in the parking lot at the Longs Peak Trailhead.  He reportedly left Sunday morning to summit Longs Peak.

Safety was a top priority in determining when and where rescue personnel could search for Jeffris.  Winter conditions, including extreme winds and below freezing temperatures, made search and recovery operations even more difficult.  These challenging conditions hampered search operations, particularly above tree line, over the past three days.  With Thursday’s calmer winds, searchers were able to utilize a helicopter, making it possible to cover a much larger area and ultimately locate Jeffris.

Over the multiple day search, park SAR teams were assisted by Larimer County Search and Rescue, Rocky Mountain Rescue, Alpine Rescue Team, Diamond Peak Ski Patrol, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Search Dogs of Colorado and the Colorado Search and Rescue Board.  Park staff also worked with the US Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

Empty pack sparks search –

Water Safety – 

Body recovery on Kern river –

Tragic end for fishing trip –

Rescue crews stage for melting snow threats –

Search underway for missing diver –

Vehicles – 

Mount Rushmore National Memorial (SD)
Missing Man’s Body Found By Searchers

On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 5th, a Mount Rushmore employee reported an unattended vehicle in a legal but uncommonly used parking pullout on the west side of the park. Rangers responded, located the vehicle, conducted an NCIC inquiry, and received a return for a local man from Rapid City with no outstanding wants or warrants against him.

Approximately three-and-a-half hours later, park dispatch was notified of a late return from NCIC on the above vehicle that advised that the registered owner was listed as being a missing/endangered person. Rangers returned to the area to investigate and discovered the vehicle at the same place.

Additional personnel, including the park’s explosives detection canine unit (which is also trained in human tracking), were called in to begin a search.  They were joined by personnel from assisting agencies.

Approximately 15 minutes after the search began, the man was found about 40 yards from the roadway at the base of a 40-foot cliff.  A deputy coroner on scene confirmed that he was dead and that he probably died from a fall from the 40 foot cliff. No weapons were found at the scene.

Keystone Ambulance Service and Keystone Volunteer Fire Department assisted in removing the body. Pennington County is leading the investigation with the NPS and FBI assisting.

High angle rescue saves three –

Urban – 

Missing elderly man found  –

Urban SAR underway –

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