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Helicopter Rescue Offtrail in Avalanche Canyon in Grand Teton

July 27 2004 at 7:28 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to July 2004 Accidents/Rescues


Rangers rescued a stranded hiker from a steep, 200-foot canyon wall in Grand Teton National Park.

Oren Lambert, 19, of Shorewood, Wis., and Chelsea Caldwell, 20, of Liberty, Mo., were hiking off trail in lower Avalanche Canyon on Saturday when they decided to climb up a wall, according to Jackie Skaggs, park spokeswoman. Both are working in the park this summer.

Lambert became stuck on the steep rock face and was unable to either ascend or descend safely, Skaggs said.

Caldwell called rangers on a cell phone at 3:30 p.m.

A helicopter dropped four rangers off about 4:25 p.m. at the nearest possible landing zone. They hiked down the canyon and then climbed to just above where Lambert was stuck and rappelled down to him, Skaggs said.

Rangers then lowered Lambert 100 feet into a nearby gully, where he could walk out safely. Rangers escorted Lambert and Caldwell out of the canyon, reaching the trailhead at 10:30 p.m.

It was the seventh major search and rescue effort in the park this year.

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