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Weekend incidents occur at Smith Rock, North Sister
Two Eugene men trying to climb North Sister (R) on Saturday ran into bad weather, became lost and later were found by searchers. (Photo by: Barney Lerten)
By Barney Lerten
Sunday, October 5, 2003 Posted: 2:02 PM
Reference Code: AR-11843
October 5 - The first weekend of October was a busy one for Deschutes County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue units, called out to help remove a fallen, injured hiker at Smith Rock State Park Saturday night and find two overdue climbers on the North Sister early Sunday.
Around 7 p.m. Saturday, searchers joined sheriff’s deputies, Redmond Fire paramedics and a state park ranger, dispatched to a report of an injured hiker on the trail below the “student wall” climbing area at Smith Rock State Park, said sheriff’s Deputy Rhett Hemphill.
Responding units located Arlene K. Denniston, 46, of Maple Valley, Wash. Hemphill said she sustained minor injuries when she slipped and fell from a trail below the climbing area.
Denniston was put into a litter and a rope system was rigged up to lift her about 40 feet out of the canyon, the deputy said.