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Survival Weekly – 3/12/15…


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 – 

Another great piece on ICE-SAR – http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-03-11/winter-storms-and-intrepid-tourists-keep-icelands-search-and-rescue-teams-busy

News – 

Winter Sports – 

Skiers call for rescue – http://icelandreview.com/news/2015/03/06/skiers-glacier-call-search-and-rescue

Stranded snowmobilers rescued – http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com/free_content/article_1ffda55a-c43d-11e4-ae1e-577093568655.html

Hiking – 

SAR for lost hikers – http://www.hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-news/breaking-news/santa-clarita-valley-search-and-rescue-seeks-lost-hikers-146553

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.skyvalleychronicle.com/BREAKING-NEWS/SEARCH-RESCUE-PERSONNEL-LOCATE-INJURED-HIKER-NEAR-MT-PILCHUCK-2043867

Dehydrated hikers rescued – http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2015/03/08/police-search-dehydrated-hikers-indian-canyons/24620881/

Lost hikers rescued –  http://www.theprovince.com/Coquitlam+search+rescue+find+lost+hikers+near+Pitt+Lake/10872785/story.html

Hikers rescued – http://www.courant.com/community/manchester/hc-manchester-rescue-0311-20150310-story.html

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/03/11/dsc-search-and-rescue-called-out-after-woman-falls-in-snow-canyon-state-park/#.VQD3V_lQMsM


Hunter-gatherer – 

Climbing – 

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (CA)
Two Vandals Rescued And Arrested By Rangers

Proactive ranger patrols and a vigilant public made this last week one of the more successful in apprehending vandals in the park. Rangers arrested five people and issued two more several citations on graffiti-related charges.

Two of the vandals arrested attempted to flee when contacted by rangers. While fleeing, they became stuck on a cliff face and needed to be extracted by a helicopter and technical rope rescue system. Click on this link for a news video of the rescue: http://abc7news.com/536624/.

Golden Gate NRA protects a large number of historic coastal defense structures that span the nation’s military past. These structures date back as far as the mid-1800’s and include red brick fortifications, concrete gun batteries, and cold war Nike missile sites.

Graffiti at these sites has become an increasing and costly problem. In addition to historic military sites, vandals have defaced rock walls, trees, roadways, signs, fences, benches, and more. The cost to restore all historic structures to their pre-graffiti state would cost well over a million dollars. In addition to the financial cost of graffiti abatement, vandals frequently enter closed areas, which can be not only hazardous but also damaging to natural resources.

Over the past two years, the park has conducted 20 operations focused on both the apprehension of vandals and graffiti abatement. During this two year period, 22 vandalism suspects have been arrested and 39 have been issued citations.

State and federal charges are currently pending for $20,000 in damages performed by two vandals at various sites throughout the park.  There are also four open investigations for similar damage amounts.  Rangers have worked closely with the District Attorney’s Office, Assistant US Attorney’s Office, Facebook/Instagram, Google, and many others in these investigations.

Injured climber rescued – http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2015/03/07/rescue-underway-fallen-poudre-canyon-climber/24574749/

Another injured climber rescued – http://www.standard.net/Police-Fire/2015/03/07/Fallen-rock-climber-rescued-by-Cache-search-and-rescue.html

Stranded climber rescued – http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/search-and-rescue-launched-vesper-peak-climber/nkSZL/

Water Safety – 

Search for missing snorkeler – http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/05/search-and-rescue-launched-for-missing-snorkeler

SAR for missing swimmer – http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/search-rescue-teams-scrambled-find-5293728

Crew of fishing vessel rescued – https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/western-isles/516011/video-huge-waves-batter-fishing-boat-lifeboat-launches-dramatic-rescue/

Vehicles – 

Mammoth Cave National Park (KY)
Two Die When Van Goes Off Ferry Into River

On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 3rd, a van boarding the Green River Ferry from the south side of the river went off the far end of the ferry and into the river. The van drifted downstream about 100 feet and quickly submerged in 16 feet of water.

Flood conditions, including drifting debris, existed at the time of the incident.  The air temperature was 57 degrees; water temperature was 45 degrees.

The van was located a couple of hours later and was pulled from the river. The bodies of the two occupants, both from Munfordville, Kentucky, were recovered from inside the van.

The ferry is a cable-guided, three-passenger craft that is licensed through the US Coast Guard. An investigation is underway. The US Coast Guard is also conducting a parallel investigation.

Sixteen responding agencies from three surrounding counties and the state assisted in the incident.

Dive crews recover body from submerged car – http://www.wsfa.com/story/28278570/dive-team-recovers-body-from-car-in-creek

MVA call into searcg – http://www.wdam.com/story/28280976/one-vehicle-accident-turns-into-a-search-and-rescue-in-jones-and-wayne-county

Urban – 

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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Survival Weekly – 3/4/15…


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 – 

Meth and getting rescued don’t mix well. Injured SAR team member wins lawsuit – http://patch.com/california/lakeforest-ca/injured-search-and-rescue-volunteer-settles-suit-against-lost-trabuco-hiker

News – 

Northwest Alaska SAR reports – http://www.thearcticsounder.com/article/1509search-and-rescue_teams_have_busy_week

Winter Sports – 

Injured snowmobiler rescued http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=33627100

Another injured snowmobiler rescued – http://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/Central_Okanagan/15/02/28/Snowmobiler_with_Serious_Back_Injury_Rescued_Near_Peachland

Hiking – 

Search ends for missing hiker http://www.cbs8.com/story/28199875/rescue-crews-continue-search-in-the-east-county-for-missing-hiker

Stranded hikers rescued http://www.8newsnow.com/story/28191782/metro-releases-chopper-video-of-search-for-stranded-hikers

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/28214913/search-and-rescue-teams-help-hiker-at-tanque-verde-falls

Lost hikers rescued – http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/two-women-rescued-from-mangerton-mountain-in-kerry-1.2121814

Helicopter rescue of stranded climbers – http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/03/01/helicopter-assists-in-rescue-of-2-men-who-fell-down-hill-in-marin-county/

Injured hikers rescued – http://www.cknw.com/2015/03/01/66818/

Another injured hiker rescued – http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/03/03/dsc-search-rescue-team-helps-man-who-fell-40-feet-in-red-cliffs-recreation-area/#.VPfKF_lQMsM


Hunter-gatherer – 

Stranded hunters rescued – https://www.adn.com/article/20150225/extensive-search-finds-interior-hunters-safe-after-two-nights-missing

Climbing – 

Injured climber rescued https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/502759/ben-nevis-rescue-effort-underway/

Stranded climber rescued http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/article/?id=40699

Climber rescued – http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/03/01/3514154/climber-stuck-on-morro-rock.html

Water Safety – 

Two sailors rescued – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-27/two-men-rescued-after-boat-runs-aground-cape-barren/6268846

Coast guard rescues nine sailors – http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/coast-guard-rescues-nine-sailors/article6952639.ece

Vehicles – 

Fatality at river crossing in Mammoth Cave – http://www.wbko.com/news/headlines/Search-and-Rescue-at-Mammoth-Cave-National-Park-294909821.html

Multiple vehicle SAR’s – http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/2015/02/28/county-search-rescue-busy-saturday-calls/24206407/

Stranded man rescued – http://elkodaily.com/news/search-and-rescue-team-locates-stranded-new-yorker/article_fac7b81a-7f93-50b9-b08c-00b6e382c7d4.html

Urban – 

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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Survival Weekly – 12/15/14…


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 – 

I pulled this story out, not only because it is a good read, but because the following statement is false

“If you don’t have a way to keep the lighter dry, once the flint is wet, it’s not going to work,” said Armstrong. –  http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/285726061.html

A lighter is a valuable tool and has limitations, but with the right knowledge and skills they can be overcome. After spending the night in 28 degree weather with only a sheet of plastic, Carol (and her lighter) soaked in 40 degree water for almost 10 bone chilling minutes. Once she emerged into the 38 degree weather with 10 mph winds, she built a fire with only natural tinder and her wet lighter. 

Methodical, trained, and now skilled..


News – 

EMS in technical rescues – http://www.firehouse.com/news/12025075/applying-ems-capabilities-to-a-technical-rescue-incident

Winter Sports – 

Two snowboarders rescued – http://flatheadbeacon.com/2014/12/08/two-skiers-rescued-hellroaring-basin/

Hiking – 

Stranded hiker rescued – http://www.jrn.com/ktnv/news/Search-and-Rescue-team-looking-for-stranded-hiker-at-Red-Rock-285645901.html

Lost hikers rescued – http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/local/2014/12/14/hikers-rescued-palm-springs/20402215/

Hunter-gatherer – 

Missing Christmas tree hunter rescued – http://www.kcaw.org/2014/12/08/lost-christmas-tree-hunter-found-after-intensive-search/

Missing hunter rescued – http://www.capebretonpost.com/News/Local/2014-12-11/article-3972209/RCMP,-search-and-rescue-locate-missing-hunter/1

Large scale search for missing hunter continues –  http://www.skyhidailynews.com/news/14194849-113/search-rescue-county-gcsar

Search for missing hunter enters two week mark – http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/12/missing_new_cumberland_teen_se.html

Climbing – 

Stranded climber airlifted off cliff – http://globalnews.ca/news/1720500/watch-thai-navy-rescues-climber-stuck-on-cliff/

Fatality in New Zealand alps – http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=198699

Water Safety – 

Rescuer swept into Los Angeles River (with video) –  https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152931017849614&fref=nf

Couple rescued from flooding Los Angeles river –  http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Rescuer-Dives-Into-Swollen-LA-River-Searching-for-Men-Reported-Clinging-to-Trees-285634601.html

Coast Guard rescues four off Keys – http://keysnews.com/node/61117

Fourteen rescued from sinking boat –   http://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/Provincial/14/12/12/Marine_Search_and_Rescue_Save_14_From_Sinking_Boat

Stuck in the mud. Girls rescued from tidal flats – http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/watch-incredible-moment-two-teenage-4808684

Vehicles – 

Search and rescue team locates missing boys from stranded vehicle –  http://www.ecprogress.com/index.php?tier=1&article_id=16576

Search underway for missing ATV riders – http://www.adn.com/article/20141213/3-missing-near-kwethluk-atv-recovered-river

Urban – 

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The other side of the story…


“Your rock and ice article with the interfering wfr was interesting. That guy should have gotten out of the way.” – Jake

Jake is a professional rescuer and law enforcement officer, so his initial response is not surprising. What I am interested in hearing is his opinion after he reads the ensuing link and my story.

I am coming up on my own 21st anniversary of a rock climbing accident that almost killed me. Back in October of nineteen hundred and ninety three, the day before my eighteenth birthday, I was belaying a friend on a sport climbing route called Gutbuster at Foster Falls.

While looking up, dust got in my eyes, so I looked down and that is when the dislodged rock smashed the right side of my skull causing a depressed skull fracture, unconsciousness, and seizures. The ensuing events were related to me later by my climbing partner and friend, as I only woke up briefly twice during the rescue. He is a reader of this blog and will hopefully fill in some details.

Will, a cross-country star, ran several miles to get help. The older state park ranger that responded went down on the trail with chest pains and was rescued himself prior to my rescue. When the rescue team arrived, they started rigging up gear to rappel and perform a vertical rescue.

My buddy, argued for them to use the trail that we had all walked down to reach the bottom of the cliffs and they conceded. I was packaged in a litter, carried out, and transported via helicopter to Erlanger hospital. My recovery, complete with paresis of my left side, cranioplasty, and all the other goodies that go with trauma, took the better part of a year and I still suffer a loss of dexterity in my left hand.

I am thankful for having lived through this event and to the rescuers that day.


Having been a climber, an accident victim, a rescuer, and a law enforcement ranger, when I read the Rock and Ice article, I couldn’t help thinking that there must have been more to it. Media is media so I did a little searching and found the climber’s response.  http://www.onthesharpend.com/2014/09/09/defense-friend-response-climber-fined-obstructing-rescue-rock-ice/

No doubt Jake can confirm that responders on all levels love to break out gadgets and everything else when the call comes in. Having been involved in professional and volunteer responses over the years, I have seen simple solutions bypassed in favor of using fancier gear, training, and tactics.

He can also attest to the “certified but not qualified” world that we have both lived in. Fighting instructors that couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag, shooting instructors that couldn’t field strip their weapon, the list goes on. The opposite is also true when you have stud climbers like Manimal performing vertical rescues on a regular basis on the big walls of Yosemite or other responders that are also recreationists. You never know what you are going to get in a mixed bag.

There are always two sides to a story, but we all need to remember we are on the same side and learn how to work together and communicate better. The positive side to this incident is that is already happening thanks to Dr. Seth Hawkins, the medical director for Burke County EMS and Rescue squad. A climber himself, he organized a meeting between all interested parties a few weeks after.

“In both those roles (rescuer and climber) I convened a meeting a few weeks later to include representatives of AAC, AMGA, Access Fund, Fox Mountain Guides, NC Outward Bound School, Burke EMS, Burke Rescue, and other assorted rescue agencies local to Linville Gorge. At that meeting we did a further debriefing, came to a fair consensus on the events, and came up with a plan to use this as a positive and forward-thinking impetus to improve climber and rescuer relationships. To date, the only formal document that was generated out of all these debriefs and the incident itself was the patient care report, which is confidential. But we all reached strong consensus on the actual events during the call, and I could certainly put you in touch with any of those stakeholders if you want perspectives in addition to my own.”

Video of rescue: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/state-regional/climber-caught-rescue-issued-citation/nd9rc/

Survival Weekly – 9/15/14…


Featured – 

It has been discussed on this blog before about how hard it can be for pilots and their observers to spot victims. Be sure to have signalling gear and skills with you..

“And though a helicopter flew so close that Fuhriman said he could identify the pilot in a line-up, rescuers couldn’t see him”  http://www.buffalobulletin.com/article_ea0cff8c-38fe-11e4-8a7c-001a4bcf6878.html

News – 

WTF?  If senators want to be reality stars, how about we send all our politicians to a remote island and just leave them there.. – http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/pols-team-survive-desert-island-article-1.1936595

Beware “Superman” syndrome – http://universe.byu.edu/2014/09/12/superman-syndrome-can-result-in-outdoor-tragedy/

Hiking – 

Sleepwalking camper falls of cliff – http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/man-sleepwalks-cliff-camping-survives-25400928

Olympic National Park (WA)
Missing Backpacker Emerges From Backcountry

Backpacker Kelly Hall, who had been missing for nearly four days in the northeast section of Olympic National Park, walked out to the Whiskey Bend Trailhead in the Elwha Valley yesterday morning.

Hall, who’d been the subject of a major search, was tired and had suffered minor scrapes and bruises, but was otherwise okay.

Hall was last seen by two other hikers in the Grand Valley area about four miles from his starting point at Obstruction Point. He told searchers that he lost the trail in very foggy, rainy conditions in the area of Grand Pass and found himself heading west into the Lillian River drainage rather than into the Cameron Creek drainage as planned.

He said that once he realized his mistake and was able to determine his location, he decided to continue hiking downstream along the Lillian River, knowing that he would eventually find the Lillian River Trail, which would lead him to the Elwha River Trail and the Whiskey Bend Trailhead.

Hall’s ad hoc Lillian River route involved eight miles of extremely strenuous off-trail travel, which was much more rugged, difficult and time-consuming than he had anticipated, taking nearly four days longer than he had originally planned for his hike.  He reached the Whiskey Bend Trailhead this morning, where he encountered a group of hikers who gave him a ride to the Elwha Ranger Station.

Hall was well-equipped with food, a water filter, maps and compass, the “Ten Essentials” and appropriate gear.

Hall began his hike on Saturday, August 30th, setting out from the Obstruction Point Trailhead near Hurricane Ridge.  Family members expected to meet him at the USFS Slab Camp Trailhead on Thursday afternoon.

Searchers who contributed to the effort include National Park Service employees and volunteers, an aircraft and crew from Washington State Patrol, and volunteers from Olympic Mountain Rescue, Clallam County Search and Rescue, German Shepherd Search Dogs, Kitsap County Search and Rescue and numerous community members.

Lost PCT hiker rescued – http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/2393733-151/lost-pct-hiker-assisted-by-search-and-rescue?entryType=0#

Stranded hikers rescued from cliff – http://theworldlink.com/news/local/coast-guard-helicopter-deputies-rescue-from-cape-arago-cliff/article_143b9e60-377b-11e4-8109-001a4bcf887a.html

Injured hiker rescued – http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2014/09/injured-hiker-rescued-in-chelan-county/

Search for missing researcher underway – http://county10.com/2014/09/09/20-searching-man-missing-mountains-dubois/

Search for missing hiker – http://county10.com/2014/09/12/day-5-dubois-search-rescue-begins/

Hunter/Gatherer – 

Booze and hunting don’t mix – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10497312/Drunk-hunter-sparks-rescue-search

Watersports – 

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Unconscious Kayaker Rescued From Snake River

Just before noon on Thursday, September 4th, rangers and park paramedics responded to a boat accident with an unresponsive kayaker on the Snake River, about three-quarters of a mile downstream from the Pacific Creek landing.

Gerald Skinner, 80, of Brentwood, Tennessee, was kayaking with his son near the Snake’s confluence with the Buffalo Fork River when he apparently overturned his boat and lost consciousness.

Skinner’s son made a 911 call for help, and that emergency call was routed to the Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 11:50 a.m.  Park rangers quickly responded to the scene by foot and by boat.

Within a couple of minutes of the accident, a private fishing party of two EMT/firefighters from Colorado happened to float by and they stopped to assist. The two EMTs began providing emergency medical care to Skinner. They also delivered updates to the Teton Interagency Dispatch Center while rangers were en-route.

The first park ranger arrived on scene at 12:10 p.m., after traveling by vehicle from the Buffalo Fork Ranger Station and then bushwhacking on foot to the river bank location. A second park ranger and two park paramedics also launched from Pacific Creek landing via boat and they arrived at 12:12 p.m.

Rangers transferred Skinner—who was breathing, but still unresponsive—to a sandbar in the middle of the river, where a Teton Interagency Fire contract helicopter was able to land. The helicopter made a quick flight with Skinner and the two park paramedics aboard from the river island to a nearby ballfield at the Moran School.

Upon landing, Skinner was transferred into a waiting park ambulance. Emergency care continued in the ambulance until Classic Air Ambulance, a life flight service out of Riverton, was able to arrive and provide transport to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.

An investigation into what caused the boating accident is still underway. Both Skinners were wearing life vests at the time of the incident.

Body of missing swimmer recovered – http://www.mooresvilletribune.com/news/swimmer-disappears-at-lake-norman-search-and-rescue-mission-underway/article_2f7a3a40-3705-11e4-b41e-001a4bcf6878.html

Woman swept away while saving dog – http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Water-Rescue-in-Progress-at-Lick-Creek-Park-275004701.html

Climbing – 

Climber fined for interfering with rescue. Hotly debated and controversial. –  http://www.rockandice.com/lates-news/climber-fined-for-obstructing-rescue

Search for missing climbers in Myanmar – http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-09/13/c_133640722.htm

Vehicles – 

Fisherman’s vehicle break down and spends five days in the wilderness-  http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/man-sleepwalks-cliff-camping-survives-25400928

Two F-18’s crash – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/13/us/2-navy-fighter-jets-crash-into-pacific.html?_r=0

Survival Weekly – 9/8/14…


Featured –

Because deer season is right around the corner – http://wthitv.com/2014/08/28/conservation-officers-find-man-almost-24-hours-after-tree-stand-accident/

Hunter/Gatherer – 

Bear chases bow hunter up tree and bites his leg – http://www.wsoctv.com/ap/ap/strange/bear-chases-bow-hunter-up-tree-bites-his-leg/nhGzp/?ecmp=wsoctv_social_facebook_2014_sfp

Body of boy recovered from fishing accident –  http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2014/09/01/reports-crews-searching-great-miami-for-boy/14935449/

Father drowns on fishing trip – http://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2014/09/07/Man-attempting-rescue-missing.html

Hiking – 

Yosemite National Park (CA)
Visitors Evacuated By Helicopter Due To Fire

A wildfire that started early yesterday afternoon east of Half Dome quickly grew to 700 acres and forced the helicopter evacuation of about 100 hikers from the top of Half Dome, Little Yosemite Valley and surrounding trails.  

There were no reported injuries or structures affected by the wildfire.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Throughout the afternoon, seven helicopters, an airplane, and ground crews worked to extinguish the fire. The area, which is at an elevation of about 7,000 feet, features rugged terrain.  Ground access requires a several mile hike to the area affected by the fire. 

Yosemite National Park firefighters are working with fire crews from Cal Fire, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Mariposa County Fire, California Highway Patrol, and U.S. Forest Service.  There are over 100 firefighters dedicated to the fire, with more resources en route. 

Yosemite National Park remains open and all facilities within Yosemite Valley.  Trails near the Half Dome area, the Little Yosemite Valley area (a backcountry camping area near Half Dome), Merced Lake and Sunrise High Sierra Camps, Clouds Rest, and Echo Valley remain closed due to fire activity.  All roads leading into Yosemite remain open as well. 

Visitors are urged to check the park’s website to get updated information in the smoke impacts to Yosemite National Park.  Updated information can be found at www.nps.gov/yose

Olympic National Park (WA)
Search Underway For Missing Backpacker

A search was begun late Saturday for Kelly Hall, a 64-year old Bainbridge Island man who was two days overdue from an intended six-day, 39-mile hike in the northeast corner of of the park. 

Hall began his hike on Saturday, August 30th, setting out from the Obstruction Point Trailhead near Hurricane Ridge.  Family members expected to meet him at the USFS Slab Camp Trailhead last Thursday afternoon.  He was reported overdue on Thursday evening.

Hall’s planned itinerary was to hike through Grand Valley to Grand Pass, then continue over Cameron Pass, pass through Dose Meadows to Gray Wolf Pass, and follow the Gray Wolf Trail into the Buckhorn Wilderness in Olympic National Forest. 

Hall is described as being 6’5” tall and weighing 220 pounds. He’s carrying a blue backpack and wearing a blue Mountain Hardware stocking cap. He’s believed to be carrying a blue-gray tent and to have orange flip flops and a fishing pole tied to his pack. Anyone who’s seen him or knows something about his possible whereabouts is asked to call the park at at 360-565-3120.

As of late yesterday, there were 16 searchers in the field, including National Park Service employees and volunteers, plus volunteers from Olympic Mountain Rescue, Clallam County Search and Rescue, and German Shepherd Search Dogs. 

Lake Clark National Park & Preserve (AK)
Four Hikers Rescued From Copper Mountain

On the evening of Sunday, August 31st, four hikers were rescued from Copper Mountain in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.  Three of the hikers were off-duty Lake Clark employees.

The National Park Service’s Alaska Region Communication Center received a distress call from a park radio around 7:30 p.m., reporting that a seasonal maintenance employee in the group had sustained a life-threatening injury in a fall.  Members of the party provided first aid, but they were unable to move him due to  unstable terrain.

National Park Service personnel and Alaska state troopers in Port Alsworth worked with the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center to rescue the hikers. The Air National Guard responded with an HC-130 aircraft and an HH-60 helicopter with pararescue jumpers. 

During the hoisting operation, another seasonal maintenance employee for Lake Clark, who was on furlough from the Grand Canyon, sustained a significant head injury as a result of falling rock debris.  

All four hikers were brought aboard the helicopter and flown to Anchorage.  The two injured men are currently receiving treatment at Providence Alaska Medical Center.  


Injured hiker rescued – http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2014/09/rescue-underway-for-injured-hiker-near-mount-pugh/

Missing couple rescued – http://www.kpax.com/news/missing-couple-in-bighorn-national-forest-found-alive/


Climbing – 

Body of climber missing for weeks – http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/body-of-missing-blodgett-canyon-hiker-located/27927548

Climbers rescued – http://www.cfjctv.com/story.php?id=21045

More climbers rescued – http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Rock-climbers-rescued-in-Wolfe-County-after-rain-floods-creek-274275681.html

Watersports – 

Search for missing swimmer – http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/rescue-crews-continue-search-for-missing-msu-student/27830804

Another search for a missing swimmer – http://www.havasunews.com/news/search-operation-on-lake-havasu-lasts-much-of-labor-day/article_c6939a0a-3257-11e4-acda-0019bb2963f4.html

Kayaker rescued from Lake Michigan –  http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2014/09/kayak_trip_across_lake_michiga_2.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+michigan-news+(Michigan+News%2C+Updates%2C+Photos%2C+Videos+and+Opinions+-+MLive.com)

Missing boater found – http://abc7chicago.com/news/man-missing-for-20-hours-on-lake-michigan-rescued/297441/

Alcohol and boating lead to body recovery – http://www.thewesternnews.com/news/man-s-body-recovered-from-middle-thompson-lake/article_b57f7eec-354e-11e4-b015-0019bb2963f4.html

Foot entrapmment of 9 year old boy – http://magicvalley.com/news/local/breaking-news-update-boy-rescued-from-pillar-falls-after-accident/article_2de6604e-361c-11e4-a359-001a4bcf887a.html

Vehicles – 

Stranded dirt biker rescued – http://www.good4utah.com/story/d/story/search-and-rescue-crews-looking-for-missing-dirt-b/25290/Yrnj2l3xrEKDKL3EZC3gwA

Horseback rider rescued – http://www.svherald.com/content/derek-jordan/2014/09/02/388731

Injured mountain biker rescued – http://www.kbzk.com/news/mountain-biker-rescued-near-triple-tree/

Small plane crash due to loss of cabin pressure –  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/unresponsive-u-s-plane-crashes-off-jamaica-official-says/

Survival Weekly – 8/11/14…


Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (CO)
Rangers Find Missing Boys And Father

Park rangers worked quickly on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 5th, to search the area along and around the Warner Route for a father and two boys from New Mexico who were reported missing by family members.

The boys, ages 12 and 14, had gotten separated from their father during a short hike. He returned to the parking lot to tell his wife and daughter that the boys were missing and then went back into the canyon to look for them. When he did not promptly return, family members reported all three as missing and a hasty search was begun.

After several hours of searching along the upper parts of the route and canyon rim, and with darkness approaching, two rangers carrying overnight gear and extra food and water hiked to the bottom of the route.

The man and two boys were located around midnight at the Gunnison River. They were hungry and thirsty, but otherwise in good condition. They hiked out with rangers on Wednesday morning.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (CA)
Body Of Missing Hiker Found On Mt. Whitney

The body of missing hiker Dawson Johnson was found on the north slope of Mt. Whitney just before nightfall on July 30th, bringing to a conclusion a two-day search for him.

Johnson is believed to have fallen in a very rocky and steep area. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Johnson, who was from Redwater, Texas, was hiking in the wilderness of Sequoia National Park with his wife. On July 29th, he decided to hike on his own from Guitar Lake to Mt. Whitney and planned to return to the Lower Crabtree Meadow area of the park. He was last seen by other hikers between Trail Crest and the summit of Mt. Whitney at approximately 3 p.m. on the same day.

On July 30th, Johnson’s wife hiked to the closest ranger station to let a wilderness ranger know that he had not returned as planned.

A total of 39 park employees were involved in the search.

Stranded hikers rescued – http://www.mynews4.com/news/story/Search-and-rescue-team-aids-stranded-climbers-on/LB5QFOGzbkmhD46g2FStEw.cspx

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_12980.shtml

Scout Leader with broken leg rescued – http://county10.com/2014/08/08/search-rescue-working-extract-man-broken-leg-mountains/

Body of mushroom hunter found –  http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/missing-mushroom-hunter-s-body-found/article_d7246781-2653-5d39-8962-6ab674a3d844.html

Missing fisherman in Alaska – http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/troopers-seek-missing-missouri-man-near-willow-creek/27296512

Body of climber recovered – http://www.aspentimes.com/news/12501280-113/rescue-body-civilian-climber

Body of missing hiker recovered – http://news.stv.tv/west-central/285336-hillwalker-martin-livingston-found-dead-in-highlands-after-search-named/

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.chieftain.com/news/2788085-120/chaffee-county-hiker-lakes

Search resumes for missing hiker at Mount St. Helens – http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/08/search_resumes_at_mount_st_hel.html

SAR launched for missing exchange student –  http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10369878/Exchange-student-missing-in-rugged-hills

ATV rider rescued after rollover – http://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/120666/One-injured-in-ATV-rollover

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Body Found Below South Rim

On Wednesday, August 6th, searchers found a body several hundred feet below the rim of the canyon at a location where a visitor was last seen on August 2nd.

A search was begun that day for Marc Buckhout, 36, who was last seen hiking along the South Rim west of Grandview Point.

The body was recovered Thursday morning and turned over to the county medical examiner for positive identification.

Lake Mead NRA – NV, AZ
Bodies Of Two Drowning Victims Found

Two bodies have been recovered in areas where two men disappeared while swimming on July 20th.

On the afternoon of August 1st, park dispatch received a call from a visitor who reported seeing a body floating on Lake Mohave. Responding rangers recovered the body of an adult male from the Nevada shoreline.

A 53-year-old Las Vegas man was reported missing near that location on July 20th after jumping off his boat to go swimming. He was not wearing a lifejacket.

On August 4th, volunteers from Earth Resource Group employing advanced underwater detection equipment found a body 340 feet underwater near Lake Mead’s Boulder Islands. Rangers and state game wardens recovered it.

A 25-year-old Las Vegas man was reported missing in this area after going swimming without a lifejacket on July 20th.

Both incidents are under investigation.