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Survival Weekly – 5/19/15…


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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 – 

Hot damn!! Another story with a whistle use – http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/injured-hiker-found-red-rock-canyon check out this link for my unfinished whistle project https://bigpigblog.com/2014/05/05/whistlemania-i/

And buy your kids some whistles if they play in the woods – http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/05/17/03/33/police-searching-for-northern-qld-boys

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)

Visitor Injured In Encounter With Bison

A Taiwanese girl sustained serious but not life threatening injuries in an encounter with a bison in the Old Faithful area on Friday, May 16th.

Shortly after noon, the 16-year-old exchange student was visiting Upper Geyser Basin with her host family. While hiking near Old Faithful Geyser, the family joined a group of people watching a bison grazing adjacent to the trail. According to firsthand reports, the group was somewhere between three and six feet from the bison. The girl turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple steps and gored her.

When responding rangers arrived on scene, there was a group of people fewer than ten feet from the grazing bison. The rangers, with assistance from bystanders, moved the girl a safe distance from the bison. The girl was transported to the Old Faithful Clinic, treated and then flown to a hospital by helicopter ambulance for further medical treatment.

News – 

Good article on extreme circumstances –  http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/four-horrible-things-people-did-to-survive-the-wilderness/51206/

Water Safety – 

Crews recover body of missing boater http://www.ammoland.com/2015/05/search-and-rescue-crews-recover-body-of-missing-boater-in-louisiana/#axzz3abQc18js

Hiking – 

Death Valley National Park (CA)
Lost Visitor Rescued After A Week In The Desert

On Saturday, May 9th, rangers received a report that a white pickup truck had been parked for several days at Saline Valley Dunes, a remote area only accessible to 4×4 vehicles.

Rangers searched the area on Sunday but were unable to locate anyone associated with the truck. Through investigation, they determined that it had been rented by a single person and had not been returned by the rental contract’s termination date.

On Monday, the Beverly Hills Police Department checked at the man’s home and confirmed that he was overdue and a search was begun. Rangers were joined by Inyo County SAR, China Lake Mountain Rescue, and California Highway Patrol’s helicopter H80.

On Tuesday morning, H80 was re-tasked to another SAR which was occurring simultaneously at Mesquite Sand Dunes. Once H80 cleared Mesquite Sand Dunes, the crew returned to assist in the Saline Valley search efforts. San Bernadino, Tehachapi, California Rescue Dog Association, and Kern Valley SAR groups also joined the search. Around 10 a.m., H80 located the missing man, who was roughly five miles from his vehicle and to the east of the dune complex.

The man reportedly set out alone for a day hike on the morning of Tuesday, May 5th, and became disoriented. Unable to find his way back to his vehicle, he followed a group of burros to a watering hole where he subsisted until rescue arrived. The man was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital where he is being treated for second degree sunburn and a rhabdomyolysis.

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Bear hunter rescued – http://www.adn.com/article/20150515/bear-hunter-rescued-thunder-mountain-juneau

Fisherman treads water for five hours before being rescued – http://www.wesh.com/news/missing-boater-found-safe-22-miles-off-florida-coastline/33077818

Capsized kayak fishermen rescued – https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/05/14/couple-helps-rescue-capsized-kayaker-scituate/Iyc4R1OEFj2stk3EAY45XN/story.html

Fishermen rescued – http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/578229/Isles-of-Scilly-rescue-Five-fisherman-airlifted-life-raft-boat-sank image

Climbing – 

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
One Killed In Avalanche, Four Rescued

A team of rangers, emergency medical personnel, Teton County SAR team members and a contract helicopter quickly swung into action Sunday morning to rescue four backcountry ski mountaineers who were involved in an avalanche on the northeast face of Mount Moran.

Luke Lynch, 38, was killed in the avalanche and one of his companions, Stephen P. Adamson, Jr.,  42, sustained life-threatening injuries, prompting evacuation by helicopter. Two other companions – Brook Yeomans, 37, who suffered minor injuries, and Zahan Billimoria , 37, who escaped injury – were also evacuated via helicopter as continuing avalanche activity and a steady cycle of snow squalls across the Tetons made the multi-staged rescue operation more challenging.

Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a 911 transfer call from Teton County at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday and quickly contacted park rangers, who immediately began a coordinated rescue operation. Because of the remote location on Mount Moran and the report of multiple injured persons, rangers quickly staged at and responded from the Jenny Lake Rescue Cache, located at Lupine Meadows near the base of Teewinot Mountain. Rangers also summoned the Teton County SAR contract helicopter.

The four ski mountaineers were ascending the steep Sickle Couloir on Mount Moran when a shallow wet slough avalanche released from above. The snow slide swept three of the mountaineers downslope for approximately 500 feet over rock and ice covered terrain. Billimoria was able to move out of the heavier portion of the debris flow and was not caught in the slide. He quickly descended to his teammates, called 911, and began the difficult task of administering aid to his three companions.

Light snowfall on the slopes above continued to cause additional sloughs that repeatedly hit the group, requiring Billimoria to work desperately to move Adamson and Lynch to a safer location. Although injured, Yeomans was able to descend slowly downslope under his own power.

After a slight lull in the recurring snowstorms over the Teton peaks, the Teton County SAR helicopter was able to deliver several rescuers to the base of the couloir. A Teton County SAR member was short-hauled to the scene to aid in the evacuation of Adamson, who receiving emergency medical care by park rangers on site and getting package for airlift off the mountain.

Adamson and the Teton County SAR member were both short-hauled directly to the Jenny Lake Rescue Cache where a team of medics and the park’s medical director, Dr. Will Smith, provided additional emergency care before Adamson was transported by park ambulance to the Jackson Hole Airport. Upon reaching the airport, Adamson was transferred to a fixed wing air ambulance that flew him to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The Teton County SAR helicopter subsequently returned to pick up the two other avalanche survivors and transport them out of the backcountry. Additional flights were made to bring out Lynch’s body, as well as the remaining park rangers and their rescue gear. All rescue personnel were safely out of the mountains by 3 p.m.

Redwood National and State Parks (CA)
Woman Rescued From Ocean Cliff Face

On the morning of May 13th, rangers received a report of a woman stuck on a cliff face near the Damnation Creek Trail. Rangers responded to the woman’s location and found that she was approximately 150 feet up a 250-foot cliff above the Pacific Ocean. The woman had climbed the cliff face to escape being trapped by the rising tide.

It was determined that a technical rescue would result in a high level of risk to involved personnel, so the United States Coast Guard was contacted and performed a hoist operation, removing the woman from her perch.

The National Park Service managed the incident with assistance from California State Parks, Del Norte County Search and Rescue, CAL FIRE, and the USCG.

Click on the following link to see a YouTube video of the rescue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44EgoeXXKsc

Denali National Park & Preserve (AK)
Body Of Argentine Climber Found On Mount McKinley

The body of an Argentinian solo climber was discovered at the 17,200-foot high camp of Mount McKinley just before midnight on Sunday, May 10th. Heraldo Javier Callupan, 39, of General Roca, Argentina, appears to have died of unknown medical issues.

Callupan began his ascent of the West Buttress route on May 1st. According to other climbing parties at the 14,200-foot camp, he headed up to the 17,200-foot high camp on May 6th.  No other parties were camped at 17,200 feet between May 6th and May 10th, the date when the climber’s remains were found by a two-person team upon their arrival at high camp. Callupan was found lying in the snow in the middle of the camp plateau with no visible signs of trauma.

That night, the reporting team used FRS radio to report the event to pararescuemen from the Alaska Air National Guard’s 212th Rescue Squadron who were camped at 14,200 feet. The pararescuemen then relayed the discovery to NPS mountaineering rangers in Talkeetna via satellite phone.

Due to delays in direct communication with the original reporting team, and with no NPS ranger staff positioned at the 17,200-foot high camp this early in the season, it took several days to make a positive determination of the man’s identity. NPS staff worked with the Argentine consulate to notify Callupan’s next of kin on Wednesday, May 13th.

Callupan’s remains will be recovered from the 17,200-foot camp when NPS mountaineering rangers are safely acclimatized for the recovery effort and when weather conditions allow.  The remains will then be transferred to the State of Alaska medical examiner.

Denali National Park & Preserve (AK)
Two Climbers Rescued From Mount Dickey

Two climbers from Idaho were rescued from 7,500 feet on Mount Dickey after triggering a slab avalanche the evening of Monday, May 12th.

Luckily, Saxon Spellman, 27, and Michael Wachs, 24, were not caught in the slide and were not injured. The two men attempted to self-evacuate from the mountain, but found no safe exit routes. The stranded climbers were observed by an air taxi pilot waving their arms above an ‘SOS’ stomped out in the snow on the west shoulder of Mount Dickey.

Once NPS ranger staff was notified of the distress call, Denali’s high altitude A-Star B3e helicopter and two mountaineering rangers flew to Ruth Gorge.  Rangers made a positive identification of the two climbers, who had just activated their SPOT device.  Pilot Andy Hermansky was able to land the helicopter on a flat section of the peak and evacuated Spellman and Wachs without further incident.

Mount Dickey is a 9,545-foot technical peak located in Denali National Park and Preserve’s Ruth Gorge area. No other climbers besides Spellman and Wachs were observed climbing Mount Dickey that day.

Following several new feet of snow coupled with windy conditions in the Alaska Range, NPS rangers have observed widespread avalanche activity in the Ruth and Kahiltna Glacier areas.  Following the one near miss on Mount Dickey which took place several days after the storm, the avalanche conditions appear to be lingering.  The conditions are widespread, occurring on many aspects of the peaks and spanning a broad range of elevations.

Climbers have been advised to exercise caution due to the persistent nature of the avalanche hazard.  For ongoing condition reports, climbers are directed to http://www.nps.gov/dena/mountainblog.htm.

Overdue climbers rescued – http://globalnews.ca/news/2003589/search-and-rescue-crews-kept-busy-over-the-long-weekend/

Vehicles – 

Injured mountain biker rescued – http://infotel.ca/newsitem/skaha-bluffs-claims-another-victim-sar-to-the-rescue/it19491 image

Missing Marine SAR helicopter found – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/world/asia/missing-us-marine-helicopter-is-found-in-nepal-official-says.html?_r=0

Missing mountain biker SAR – http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2015/05/17/larimer-county-rescue/27505335/

Injured dirtbiker rescued – http://fox13now.com/2015/05/16/weather-complicates-rescue-of-injured-motorcyclist-in-bountiful-area/

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Survival Weekly – 12/30/14…

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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 – 

Frostbite, punctured lung, and a wolverine battle – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2889210/Miracle-survival-Alaskan-man-spent-three-days-sub-zero-wilderness-snowmobile-sank-fight-wolverine-stick.html

Lost, broken wrist, hypothermia.. the 101 trifecta –  http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20141222/hiker-rescued-above-sierra-madre

News – 

Students make drone attachment –http://3dprint.com/32642/student-search-and-rescue/

New Hampshire “Hike Safe” 2015 cards now available online – http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/27/n-h-offers-hike-safe-cards-to-shield-hikers-from-rescue-costs/


Winter Sports – 

Skier and snowboarder spent night out in Telluride backcountry – http://www.nbc11news.com/home/headlines/Lost-skier-and-snowboarder-rescued-after-overnight-in-Bear-Creek-286887211.html

Body of snowshoer recovered – http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Search-mission-at-Mount-Rainier-Paradise-closed-287027711.html

Snowmobiler rescued from avalanche – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/snowmobiler-rescued-after-avalanche-near-whistler-1.2883968

Skier spends cold night out – http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/12/24/skier-found-safe-after-night-mountain/v5Hk1giEo5vaPKiw6vW8II/story.html

Hiking – 

Hiker rescued after week in shelter – http://www.mrtimes.com/news/missing-maple-ridge-hiker-rescued-from-golden-ears-mountain-after-a-week-1.1693776
Olympic National Park (WA)
Major Search In Progress For Missing Day Hiker

Yesterday marked the fifth day of an ongoing interagency search for a 60-year-old Port Angeles man who failed to return from a day hike he took in the park last Monday.

Searchers from the park, Olympic Mountain Rescue, Tacoma Mountain Rescue, Clallam County SAR, Jefferson County SAR, and two dog teams from German Shepherd’s Search Dogs continued to search the Olympic Hot Springs area over the weekend.

Jim Griffin, who frequently hikes the two-and-a-half-mile trail to the hot springs, went for a day hike there on Monday, December 22nd. On Wednesday, December 24th, around 10:00 p.m., friends reported Griffin overdue when he did not show up for Christmas Eve dinner.

Three NPS searchers began the search that evening and continued through the night. On Christmas Day, two two-person teams searched for Griffin. Several friends of Griffins, including the reporting party, assisted in the efforts on both Thursday and Friday.

On the afternoon of Christmas Day, Griffin’s day pack was located 50 feet off trail about a half mile from the trailhead. On Friday, eight search groups, including three dog teams, searched until dark. The park also attempted to use Griffin’s dog in the search, but the dog was not able to indicate where Griffin might be.

On Saturday, 21 searchers and two dogs resumed the effort to find him. The search teams completed a grid search within 500 feet of the location where Griffin’s day pack was found. They covered the entire search area in a grid pattern about ten feet apart, but no clues were found.

Park incident team members spoke to a couple on Saturday who had a conversation with Griffin at the hot springs. They believe he left the springs around 4:00 p.m. on Monday, which would mean he hiked back in the dark.

On Sunday, three teams were in the field and were joined by a group of Griffins’ friends. No sign of him was found. The search will be suspended today, but the investigation will continue.

Anyone who was at the Olympic Hot Springs, on the trail, or at the parking lot last Monday is asked to contact park dispatch at 360-565-3115. Even the smallest piece of information might help in the search.

Rock slide kills hiker – http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Rock+slide+kills+girl+mountain+near+Lions/10674236/story.html

Hunter-gatherer – 

Fishermen rescued – https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/25856769/fishermen-rescued-off-dunsborough/

Coast Guard rescues fishermen – http://www.abcnews4.com/story/27699466/coast-guard-involved-in-rescue-near-mcclellanville

Climbing – 

Injured climber rescued – http://business.scoop.co.nz/2014/12/24/helicopter-rescue-from-summit-of-mt-ngauruhoe/

Water Safety – 

Teen swimmer missing – http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/search-underway-teen-missing-90-mile-beach-6212201

Jetskier rescued after night out – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2887073/Jetskier-missing-Victoria-NSW-border.html

Six rescued from rip tides – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64482618/six-rescued-from-bay-of-plenty-rips

Lake Superior swimmer fatality – http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27198378/1-dead-1-missing-lake-superior-at-bluefin

Vehicles – 

Wreckage and bodies of Airasia flight found – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/12/30/missing-airasia-jet/21037899/

Two snowmobilers recovered from icy lake – http://ravallirepublic.com/missoula/news/local/article_724fcb82-9038-5ba4-9149-f767efda9ada.html

Vehicle located at bottom of lake – http://www.jrn.com/kgun9/news/Search-and-rescue-units-looking-for-car-at-bottom-of-lake-in-Lakeside-Park-286972451.html

Small plane crash – http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2014/12/24/kimball-firefighters-search-missing-plane/20876585/

Missing ATV rider found – http://www.parkrecord.com/summit_county-news/ci_27196602/sar-deployed-twice-over-weekend

Urban – 

Missing four year old found by search dog – http://myfox8.com/2014/12/26/davidson-county-woman-dog-help-find-body-of-missing-south-carolina-boy/

Interested in learning skills to handle emergencies like the ones you read in Survival Weekly?   Check out BigPig Outdoors Survival 101 class  – http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.html


Survival Weekly – 6/16/14

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Colorado Man Dies On Longs Peak

The body of Matthew D. Burklow, 25, of Fort Collins, Colorado was recovered yesterday afternoon, June 12th, from Longs Peak via helicopter.  

Rangers were notified on Tuesday, June 10th, that Burklow was overdue from the Longs Peak area. He had left Fort Collins at approximately 2 am on Monday morning and was expected at work that day by 4 pm.  After learning that he likely planned to travel along the Keyhole Route, rangers initiated a search in that area. 

Rangers located Burklow’s body that afternoon approximately 1,000 feet below the Keyhole Route down the Trough. Weather conditions prevented immediate recovery efforts.

Yesterday Burklow’s body was flown to the helipad at Upper Beaver Meadows in Rocky Mountain National Park and was transferred to the Boulder County Coroner’s Office.  

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Yellowstone Visitor Killed By Falling Tree

A 36-year old man from Taiwan was killed by a falling tree on Monday afternoon June 9th. He was part of a small family group hiking the Fairy Falls trail, which is north of the Old Faithful area.  

The man had left the trail and ascended a nearby tree-covered slope in an apparent attempt to get a better view of Grand Prismatic Spring, when a lodgepole pine tree fell and struck him in the head. Visitors who witnessed the incident made their way back to the trailhead, about a half mile from the accident. They encountered two park maintenance employees working in the area, who relayed the information to Yellowstone law enforcement rangers via radio.

Rangers/Paramedics immediately responded and found that the man had sustained a serious head wound and that he was bleeding profusely.  A life flight was ordered up and was en route while rangers provided ALS interventions, placed the man into a wheeled litter, then moved him to the life flight landing zone.  Just as the helicopter landed, his condition deteriorated, and attempts to revive him failed.  He was declared dead at the scene.

Rangers and a NPS Coroner are continuing to investigate. Responders reported windy weather conditions in the area at the time. The fallen tree had been a standing, dead lodgepole, fire-killed during the park’s 1988 fires. Ranger/Paramedic Dennis Lojko was the incident commander.

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Member Of Rafting Trip Dies On River

On the evening of Wednesday, June 3rd, park dispatch received a satellite phone call reporting that a 54-year-old woman on a river trip was slipping in and out of conscious, apparently due to an allergic reaction. She eventually became unconscious, and members of the group began administering CPR.

Arizona Department of Public Safety personnel responded by helicopter and provided life support, but efforts to revive the woman proved unsuccessful.

The group was on the fifth day of a seven-day commercial river trip. An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County medical examiner.

Yosemite National Park (CA)
Climber Knocked Unconscious On El Capitan Climb – “Manimal” to the rescue

On Friday afternoon, May 30th, the Yosemite Emergency Communications Center received a call from a climber on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.  The caller reported that he saw a climber fall who was near them on the same route and then heard calls for help. 

The caller was connected with Supervisory Park Ranger Chris Bellino.  Bellino asked the climbing party to ascend to the spot where help was requested, in order to assess the situation and determine whether a rescue was necessary.  Upon their arrival, Ranger Bellino was able to talk with the injured man’s partner. 

The injured climber, a 60-year-old man from New York, was approximately 1,500 feet up on El Capitan on The Nose, when he was attempting to execute a pendulum on a feature known as the King Swing.  However, the attempt was made above the location where the pendulum typically occurs.  Due to this, the climber overshot the swing and hit his head on a granite feature on the route.  The man hit his head hard enough that he lost consciousness shortly after the impact.  His partner was able to lower him to a feature known as Texas Flake, approximately 200 feet below the point of impact. 

A rescue operation was launched based on this assessment, and the park’s contract helicopter was dispatched to Yosemite Valley. Yosemite District Ranger Jack Hoeflich and Yosemite National Park Ranger Aaron Smith were immediately flown via short-haul near the location of the injured climber.  In order to successfully insert the rescuers onto the wall, Hoeflich threw a rope to the reporting party so they could pull him into the wall and secure himself on the ledge.  Shortly thereafter, Smith was inserted into the same location. 

Immediately upon arrival Hoeflich and Smith provided medical attention to the injured climber.  Due to the lateness in the evening, the park helicopter flew a team of eight search and rescue personnel to the top of El Capitan to assist with the rescue, as it was becoming too dark to fly.  Rangers determined the patient to be stable enough to spend the night on the ledge, with continued extrication the following morning.  The patient, along with his climbing partner, were secured onsite and spent the night 1,500 feet up from the Valley floor on El Capitan with rangers Hoeflich and Smith.  

The next morning, Saturday, May 31st, Yosemite Park Ranger Ed Visnovske was lowered from the summit of El Capitan to the climbers’ location, approximately 1,500 feet from the summit.  The injured man, his partner, and their gear were then packaged and lowered another 1,500 feet with Visnovske to Yosemite Valley.  The injured climber was provided additional medical care and transported to a local hospital where he was found to have a fracture in his c-spine.

Rangers Hoeflich and Smith successfully rappelled to Yosemite Valley with the rest of the climbing party’s gear.

Yosemite Supervisory Park Ranger Chris Bellino served as the Incident Commander for this rescue.

Missing hikers rescued http://fox13now.com/2014/06/08/search-and-rescue-crews-respond-to-little-cottonwood-canyon/

Search for missing hiker – http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/eldorado-hills/2014/06/09/vernon-matthews-missing/10247007/

Kayaker blown out to sea – http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1406/S00191/search-and-rescue-incident-in-the-whangarei-harbour.htm

Lost siblings found – http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_6b3543d4-f0ad-11e3-98ca-0017a43b2370.html

Injured hiker rescued – http://fox13now.com/2014/06/10/search-and-rescue-crews-assist-injured-hiker-near-ogden/

Lost Hiker found – http://koin.com/2014/06/10/search-and-rescue-looking-for-missing-hiker-near-wahkeena-falls/

Climber rescued by helicopter at night – http://kdvr.com/2014/06/11/deputies-climber-recovered-during-first-ever-overnight-helicopter-rescue-in-san-miguel-co/

Injured racer rescued – http://www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com/news/nanaimo-cyclist-rescued-from-trail-1.1125063

Rafters rescued after overnight stay – http://www.kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_11893.shtml

Boy Scouts rescued in Boundary Waters    http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/ca89524d87b64ee4ab547924ce2a43ab/MN–Boundary-Waters-Rescue

Boy rescued after fall – http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_d8651950-f33e-11e3-b513-0017a43b2370.html

Missing 9 year old found – http://sfist.com/2014/06/14/girl_goes_missing_in_marin_park_pro.php

Missing kayaker – http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/25773492/crews-searching-for-missing-kayaker-in-potomac-river

Rafter missing http://www.rappler.com/nation/60604-tourist-lost-rafting-adventure-cdo

Another missing rafter – http://www.saratogian.com/general-news/20140614/rushing-waters-postpone-search-for-missing-woman-on-kayaderosseras-creek

Injured hiker rescued http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605209/Man-is-injured-in-Saturday-fall-in-Donut-Falls-area.html



Survival Weekly – 6/1/14


Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Teenage Visitor Rescued From Ledge On Longs Peak

Samuel Frappier, a 19-year-old visitor from Quebec, was ascending Longs Peak with a friend on Tuesday when they became separated. As Frappier attempted to descend, he got himself stranded in an extremely precarious location on Broadway Ledge and called for help.

Although Frappier was reported to be fit, he had no technical climbing equipment and no experience as a mountaineer. He was also unprepared for a night on the mountain in snow and ice and near freezing temperatures.

A rescue operation was immediately launched. The park’s SAR team was joined in the effort by Rocky Mountain Rescue and a Teton Interagency helicopter. Nearly 30 people were committed to the operation.

Frappier was helped off the ledge, flown to an LZ in Upper Beaver Meadows, and taken to Estes Park Medical Center.

For additional details, see the news story and a minute-long video at the link below.


Another hiker stuck on a ledge – http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/crews-rescue-hiker-in-rock-canyon/article_29d3a3d1-d453-51f6-a5f7-003f5b7c79cb.html

Six climbers missing on Mt. Ranier – http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/31/mount-rainer-six-lost-search-rescue-washington

Updated: All six presumed dead: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/31/six-climbers-reported-missing-on-mt-rainier-helicopter-search-launched/

Search conitinues for missing Alaska hiker – http://www.adn.com/2014/05/28/3491047/juneau-outdoorswoman-missing-since.html?sp=/99/188/

Missing rafter – http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.krextv.com/story/23-year-old-center-of-rafting-search-and-rescue-20140527

Stranded climbers rescued – http://www.summitdaily.com/news/11594314-113/climbers-summit-mount-rescue

Stranded and injured hikers rescued – http://www.summitdaily.com/news/11594314-113/climbers-summit-mount-rescue

Rafters capsize and rescued – http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.theprogress.com/news/260674771.html

Skiers rescued after triggering avalanche – http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://mtstandard.com/news/local/military-helicopter-rescues-skiers-in-highlands/article_7319d1d4-e502-11e3-b178-001a4bcf887a.html

Missing hikers rescued after night out – http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/2-San-Diego-Hikers-Missing-on-Mt-Baldy-260685831.html

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.kptv.com/story/25606535/search-and-rescue-respond-to-injured-hiker-in-the-gorge

Missing ATV rider located – http://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/115826/Okanagan-wilderness-rescue

Snowmobiler injured after driving off cliff – http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57987145-78/lake-helicopter-peck-able.html.csp