Oregon National Guard helicopters picked up two injured climbers from Reid Glacier on the west slope of Mount Hood Saturday and took them to Portland hospitals.
Douglas Adair, 50, of Aurora, was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with a broken leg and head injuries, said Angie Brandenburg, spokeswoman for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. His injuries are not life-threatening, she said.
Debra Marsh, 48, of Salem, was taken to Oregon Health and Sciences University with an ankle injury.
Clackamas County deputies said the two were evacuated at 3:33 p.m., about three hours after the call for help came in.
Brandenburg said the two were roped together in the Castle Krags area when Marsh stepped in soft snow. Adair tried to stop her fall but was pulled down the steep mountainside after her.
The two had started out at Timberline Lodge.
The National Guard dispatched four Blackhawk helicopters from Salem. They were not able to reach the climbers on the first try but two medics were lowered onto the glacier, said National Guard spokesman Maj. Arnold Strong.
Temporary whiteout conditions delayed the effort.
Brandenburg said another climbing party saw the injured and flagged down Portland Mountain Rescue, which was training in the area.
She said the injured apparently were the only two in the party.
One of the four helicopters had night vision capacity in case it became necessary to work past dark.
"From the radio traffic, it appears it was a major fall," Strong said. "The helicopters got as close as they could, but they couldn't get to them right away."
Man Killed While Attempting Rescue at Tanque Verde Falls, Arizona
April 7 2004, 4:17 PM
One man died and another man was injured after falling in into the Tanque Verde Falls yesterday.
Authorities said a woman hiking with her 32-year-old boyfriend and a 23-year-old friend slipped and went over the falls. When the two men went in to help her, the 23-year-old was swept over the lower falls as well and trapped in a turbulent pool of water, where he died
Rural/Metro Fire Department District Fire Chief George Good the woman was not injured in the fall.
Shortly before that incident, a 49-year-old Kansas man on his first hiking trip ever went over the falls after losing his footing.
31-year-old is among more than 30 people who have died at Tanque Verde Falls since 1970
April 7 2004, 4:43 PM
TUCSON - The death of a 31-year-old Tucson man at Tanque Verde Falls yesterday and the helicopter rescues of two others underscores the deadly power of the snowmelt-swollen cataracts.
More than 30 people have died there since 1970.
The body of Russell C. Faulkner IV, who died trying to rescue a friend who was swept over a waterfall, remained in Tanque Verde Creek this morning because last night's rescue operation was called off for safety reasons.
Rescue workers were expected to remove his body today.
Rescuers use a harness and backboard to
secure a 32-year-old man injured as he tried to
save a friend who was clinging to a rock after
being swept over a waterfall at Tanque Verde Falls.
FRANCISCO MEDINA/Tucson Citizen
Drowning victim didn't hesitate to jump into roiling water to help save a companion
April 8 2004, 3:56 PM
TUCSON - Russell "Rusty" Clarke Faulkner IV, the 31-year-old hiker who died Tuesday at Tanque Verde Falls helping to save a companion, became a hero at one of his favorite recreation areas, his father said.
"He grew up in that canyon," said Russell Clarke Faulkner III.
A Birmingham man was rescued from the top of one of Scotland's highest mountains after being trapped for a night in freezing conditions.
Chris Elliot, aged 54, and another man, Glenn Walters, were winched to safety by an RAF rescue team.
It happened after Mr Elliot and Mr Walters had been climbing the south side of the 3456ft Liathach, the highest summit in the Torridan range, in Western Ross.
Mountain rescuers said the pair became trapped between two fast flowing rivers in a treacherous area known as the Pinnacles.
They used their mobile phones to call the emergency services and the Torridon and Kinlochwe Rescue Team then set off to locate the pair. http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/mail/tm_objectid=14130732&method=full&siteid=50002&headline=city-climber-rescued-name_page.html
Climber Airlifed Off Pinnacle Mountain, Connecticut
April 8 2004, 11:12 PM
PLAINVILLE --An unidentified man was airlifted to Hartford Hospital Wednesday evening after falling 15 to 20 feet while rock climbing the face of Pinnacle Mountain, according to Fire Chief David Laurie.
A fire department rescue crew carried the man down the cliff on a stretcher to Metacomet Road, where he was driven by an ambulance to meet a Life Star helicopter.
The man had been climbing with a group of about 18 people when he fell, Laurie said. The department received the call for assistance around 6 p.m.
Boy Found Safe in Cabin on Harney's Lost Cabin Trail
April 12 2004, 3:49 PM
A lost teenage hiker found his way off Harney Peak on Easter, taking refuge in a warm cabin near the bottom of Sunday Gulch.
Custer County Sheriff Phil Hespen said the boy was about 15 or 16 years old. Hespen said he didn't know the boy's name or where he lived.
The hiker got separated from his small group and got lost about mid- afternoon, Hespen said.
Sheriff's deputies and search and rescue teams from Custer County and Pennington County responded quickly, along with a ranger from Custer State Park and other volunteers.
In all, nearly 20 people were looking for the boy, who was wearing shorts and a light jacket. "I thought, ‘Man, I hope this kid keeps moving, because that's the only thing that's going to keep him alive,'" Hespen said.
Snow was falling Sunday afternoon, and the temperature was only about 25 degrees on the Harney Peak trail, which climbs from Sylvan Lake two miles to the summit at 7,242 feet.
Sunday Gulch is a steep, rocky ravine that descends northwest from Sylvan Lake, roughly paralleling state Highway 87.
Hespen said the boy only a short distance from the lake when he turned onto the wrong path — the appropriately named Lost Cabin Trail. When he realized his mistake, he set out cross country to correct it.
Man Found Safe at Home Following Helicopter Search on Greylock
April 12 2004, 3:52 PM
A search for a man last seen near the Notch Road entrance to Mount Greylock was called off after he turned up at home.
According to state police this morning, the search was the result of a misunderstanding. Two hikers had spotted the man lying on the ground at the entrance to Mount Greylock as they left the reservation Sunday night.
Although the man told them he was okay, the hikers called North Adams Police. Authorities arrived with an ambulance, but the man was gone, state police said.
A helicopter and trained dogs searched the area for about four hours, beginning at about 7:30 p.m.
According to state police, the man had walked home. http://www.thetranscript.com/Stories/0,1413,103~9054~2078868,00.html
Fatality on Creag Meagaidh During Busy Easter Weekend in Scotland
April 12 2004, 3:55 PM
A Climber died and a woman had to be rescued from Highland hills in what was a busy Easter weekend for rescue teams.
The man died on Creag Meagaidh, near Newtonmore, after he plunged several hundred feet into a gully.
He had become separated from his climbing partner who raised the alarm at around 7.45pm on Saturday.
Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, along with RAF colleagues, were alerted and carried out an extensive search of the area. They were later joined by helicopters from RAF Lossiemouth.
The man's body was found just after midnight in a gully below where he had been climbing.
He was taken off the hillside at first light yesterday.
Mick Tighe, a member of the Lochaber rescue team, said the climber and his colleague had set off together on Saturday morning but decided to take different routes.
When his colleague made it back to the bottom of the hill and discovered his friend had not returned, he raised the alarm.
In a separate accident, a woman injured her head and broke her nose after falling near West Clachaig Gully on Friday evening.
Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team went to her aid and she was airlifted by a Royal Navy helicopter and taken to hospital.
In another incident, a 58-year-old woman was left with a suspected broken wrist after falling at Glennan, near Dornie during a hillwalk on Saturday with an Inverness ramblers' group. Kintail Mountain Rescue Team and helped stretcher the woman to an ambulance.
The Glencoe rescue team was also called out to rescue two Spanish climbers after they got into difficulty while abseiling at Crowberry Gully on Buchaille Etive on Saturday.
Another 2 Airlifted Off Hood's Reid Glacier on West Side
April 12 2004, 3:57 PM
Helicopters from the Oregon Army National Guard located two climbers missing on Mount Hood Saturday evening.
The National Guard said the climbers would be taken to where they could be hoisted aboard and taken to Timberline Lodge.
Their identities and conditions were not released Saturday night.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said at least one climber contacted authorities from Reid Glacier on the mountain's west side, saying they had lost their bearings and were not equipped to spend the night there.
Sheriff Pat Detloff said the two were in their 20s and signed out at Timberline Lodge about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Such early starts are not unusual for climbers who want the safest conditions.
One radioed that he had an apparently minor shoulder injury.
2 Rescued on AT Near Mount Washington, Massachusetts
April 12 2004, 4:01 PM
Two hikers were rescued early yesterday morning after they became lost while walking near the Appalachian Trail.
Great Barrington Police received a phone call at 12:04 a.m. concerning a hiker with a possible case of hypothermia.
After it was determined where the call came from, fire and rescue squads from Sheffield and Egremont responded to the scene, Great Barrington police said.
One of the hikers was located in the vicinity of Gilder Pond, which is near the Appalachian Trail. It was unclear yesterday where the other hiker was found.
One of the hikers was transported to Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington for treatment. Both his name and condition were unavailable yesterday. http://www.berkshireeagle.com/Stories/0,1413,101~7516~2072677,00.html
2 Roped Together Climber Fatalities on Mount Aspiring in New Zealand
April 14 2004, 10:50 PM
Wanaka: Two climbers are dead and a third is in Dunedin Hospital with multiple fractures after an accident on Mt Aspiring yesterday.
Both dead climbers are New Zealanders, but no further details were available last night.
Search and Rescue co-ordinator Sergeant Aaron Nicholson, of Wanaka, said it appeared the fall happened on the notorious part of the mountain leading to the northwest ridge of Mt Aspiring called the "Ramp", about 8am yesterday.
One of the climbers lay at the foot of the Ramp until about 4pm when he regained consciousness and attempted to make his way back to Colin Todd Hut, at the base of the Bonar Glacier.
A Wanaka-based mountain guide at the hut spotted the injured climber on the glacier at that time and used the hut radio to advise Search and Rescue, which immediately despatched members of the Wanaka Alpine Cliff Rescue team.
Two climbers were found dead at the scene and were taken off the mountain.
Sgt Nicholson said the injured climber, also a New Zealander and in his 30s, was treated at the scene before being flown to the Wanaka Medical Centre about 6pm. From there, he was flown by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital with suspected fractures to his arms, pelvis and leg.
He was very lucky to be alive, Sgt Nicholson said.
The climbers are believed to have been roped together when the lead climber slipped and all three fell to the glacier.
SEATTLE — A 55-year-old North Bend man died Saturday afternoon approximately 100 feet from the summit of 5,500-foot Mailbox Peak, east of North Bend, according to the King County Sheriff's Office, which would not give the man's name yesterday.
The man was hiking with his wife and two friends, according to the sheriff's office. Part of the group reached the summit and looked back to see the man fall forward.
Resuscitation attempts began immediately and continued for two hours without success. Both the man and his wife were evacuated by a U.S. Navy helicopter.
Mailbox Peak is described as a "most difficult" hike by the Washington Trails Association.
NORTH BEND — A 55-year-old North Bend man who died Saturday afternoon near the summit of 5,500-foot Mailbox Peak suffered a heart attack, an official with the King County Medical Examiner's Office said yesterday.
George Piccola was hiking with his wife and two friends when part of the group looked back and saw Piccola fall forward, a King County sheriff's spokesman said. Two hours of resuscitation attempts failed, and a Navy helicopter retrieved Piccola's body http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/eastsidenews/2001907728_glance20e.html
The actual elevation of this peak is around 4600'. We climb this about 4 times a year, and it is one of the toughest short hikes around. 4000' of gain in 3.5 miles with no official trail. Mostly just straight up. And there really is a mailbox on the summit, along with a fire hydrant. Don't ask, just go and see for yourself!
Sad what happened, but a better way to go then stretched out on a couch watching football.
Bernese Mountain Dog Found Week After Fatal Avalanche 14'er Huron in Coloado
April 19 2004, 9:52 PM
Almost a week after an avalanche ripped down a Chaffee County peak and killed a man, a group strapped on skis and conducted a passionate day- long search for the body of the victim's dog.
With their spirits languishing after seven hours of unsuccessfully looking for Tiga on Thursday, the group quietly returned to the trailhead.
But it was as if the Bernese mountain dog had been playfully teasing them all along. Syd Schieren spotted Tiga sitting by his truck.
"We couldn't really believe it was her until we read her tags a couple of times," said Schieren, who had survived the April 9 avalanche that killed his friend Jigmet Dawa, Tiga's owner.
The 9-year-old dog was slightly skittish and limping a little, and her white crest was a tad matted with tree sap.
Not bad, though, for a dog who had been stranded for six days near Huron Peak and had survived an avalanche that ripped for almost 2,000 feet.
Tiga even had enough gusto left to lead Schieren in a 10-minute chase through the willows, woods and a creek, territory that she had become familiar with.
"She's a tough girl," Schieren said.
Tiga, part of a working breed of dogs originating in Switzerland, also had shed a little extra weight that she was storing, dropping from a hefty 96 pounds to a more toned 88.
"She had enough reserves to live off of," Schieren said. "She's got her girlish figure back now."
Schieren, from Nathrop, and Liam Gray, from Alameda, Calif., were on skis and were able to escape to the side of the avalanche's path. They described hearing a sound like a shotgun blast as the avalanche broke at 12,600 feet and crashed down the peak, killing Dawa, who was snowshoeing.
The three men were on the outing with Tiga and a few other dogs near Huron Peak, a fourteener near Winfield, about 25 miles north of Buena Vista.
Rescuers recovered Dawa's body, which was pinned to a tree and buried by about 2 to 3 feet of snow.
The victim was living temporarily in California as his wife, Jenny Dawa, was finishing medical school. His body was being taken back to India on Saturday for a funeral and burial. Dawa's death was the third avalanche death of the season in Colorado, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center in Boulder.
Knox Williams, director of the avalanche center, said survival stories such as Tiga's aren't all that rare.
"There are a few amazing, great stories about dogs who have survived avalanches," Williams said.
Two Italian climbers have been killed by an avalanche on Friday while climbing the Goulotte de Casset above Monetier-les-Bains, part of the Serre Chevalier ski domain.
A friend of the two climbers became concerned when the men, a guide and his client, failed to return on Friday night after setting out to climb the Tête de Sainte Marguerite. A cornice broke away starting an avalanche in the goulotte knocking the men from their rope as they were descending. One man was found on the surface of the slide by a team from the Mountain Police (PGHM) on Saturday morning the other man was localised by an avalanche dog. The avalanche risk was 3 (considerable) at the time. http://www.pistehors.com/comments/281_0_1_0_C/
60 Foot Fall From Moss Covered Rocky Butte in Portland, Oregon
April 23 2004, 2:06 PM
PORTLAND -- Portland Fire and Rescue responded Wednesday afternoon to a rock climber who plummeted over 60 feet at the popular Rocky Butte State Park.
The victim, a male in his 20s, was climbing shortly after 2 p.m. on the northeast side of Rocky Butte when he fell.
It didn't take rescuers long to locate and begin treating the victim. The incident was the second in as many weeks in the same general area of the park.
The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Helicopter Rescue in Los Padres National Forest in California
April 28 2004, 10:30 AM
A UCSB student was airlifted out of Los Padres National Forest on Sunday with a broken ankle.
Henry Cruz, 18, was hiking in an area known as "the playground" near West Camino Cielo when the injury occurred. The Santa Barbara County Fire Dept., Los Padres Search and Rescue and Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Dept. responded to reports of the injured hiker at around 12:15 p.m.
Rescuers hiked over two miles of rugged terrain to find Cruz. A helicopter was dispatched from Ventura County to lift Cruz out of the area. Rescuers were lowered from the helicopter to the ground, where Cruz was placed in a harness and hoisted into the helicopter. http://www.ucsbdailynexus.com/news/2004/7343.html
Fatality on Mount Brock in Alberta's Peter Lougheed Park
April 28 2004, 11:08 AM
The body of an "accomplished" mountain climber from Australia was found Saturday on the side of an Alberta mountain.
A searcher in a helicopter spotted the 31-year-old male's body in a gully at an elevation of 2,560 metres on Mount Brock in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, said Cpl. Keith Blake of Kananaskis RCMP.
However, the helicopter could not land due to rough terrain and a ground crew could not climb up, Blake said.
A safety specialist was lowered by a rope and harness dangling from the helicopter to reach the body of the climber. A sling was then used to get the body and the rescuer out of the area, said Blake.
Blake, who described the man as an accomplished climber, said he and his wife were visiting. They have children but it is not known if they were with them in Canada. The man's name has not yet been released.
Different routes to the summit of the mountain requires different equipment, said Blake, adding it is also the climber's choice on the type of equipment one will use.
"In this instance, there was no ropes being used."
RCMP said they believe the climber successfully reached Mount Brock's summit, at 2,895 metres, but fell on his way down.
Fort Carson Soldier Back From Iraq Fatality in North Cheyenne Canyon
April 30 2004, 11:09 AM
A Fort Carson soldier who recently returned from Iraq fell to his death while rock climbing in a canyon near Colorado Springs.
Lt. Neil Luehring of the Colorado Springs Fire Department said the 18-year-old man and a fellow soldier were climbing without ropes in North Cheyenne Canyon Wednesday when the man apparently lost his grip and plunged 400 feet to his death.
The man's name wasn't released. Fort Carson officials declined to comment on his death until they got more information from authorities.
The man and his 19-year-old companion were near the top of a granite formation called the Pinnacle when the man slipped, fire and police officials said. His friend tried to grab for him and then used his cell phone to call for help.
2 Fatalities/22 Injuried in Lightning Strike on Gunung Rajah in Malaysia
May 4 2004, 3:54 PM
Lightning horror: Two killed, 22 injured in strike on mountain peak
REPORTS BY BEH YUEN HUI, FLORENCE SAMY AND JONATHAN CHEW
BENTONG: Two people were killed and at least 22 others injured when lightning struck a group of 31 campers atop the 1,683m Gunung Rajah, about 40km from here on Sunday night.
Pahang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ramli Yusof identified the dead as factory worker and team leader Mohd Nazim Ibrahim, 35, from Kepala Batas, Penang, and student Ahmad Shah Jaffar, 23, from Mempaga 3 here.
The group of campers comprised 27 men and four women. Nine were workers at a factory in Nilai, Negri Sembilan, 16 were students from the Pahang Professional Skills Institute (Ikip) in Kuantan and the other six were mountain climbing guides from here.
At press time, only two campers were still stranded on the mountain as failing light hampered helicopter rescue efforts. However, 18 rescuers, including Bentong OCPD Supt Mohd Noor Hakim Kassim, were on the mountain with the duo, one of whom is said to be injured.
Bees Kill 2 Hikers in Serra do Caraca Park in Brazil
May 4 2004, 4:14 PM
Rio de Janeiro - Firefighters recovered the bodies of two men on Monday who had been killed in a rare bee attack.
They were among a group of nine people who were hiking on Sunday in the Serra Do Caraca state park about 600km west of Rio de Janeiro when they were attacked by a swarm of bees.
Initially, firefighters believed the men were lost in the woods, but on Monday they found the bodies of the two, aged 26 and 31, at the bottom of a waterfall.
"Their bodies were full of bee stings which suggests they died from the bee attack and didn't drown, but we'll only know after an autopsy can be conducted," said Sgt Wellington Horta of the Minas Gerais fire department.
The bees also attacked rescue workers, slowing down the recovery of the bodies. Bee keepers eventually had to be called in to complete the task.
According to Horta, the area is known to have a lot of bees but such attacks are rare. Firefighters do not know what set off the attack.
3 Gallons of Water Not Enough for 4 in 100 Degree Heat in Palm Springs
May 5 2004, 4:37 PM
Beaumont hiker missing since Sunday was found Tuesday dehydrated and bruised in the Indian Canyons near Palm Springs, authorities said.
Marcenia Alvarado, 26, was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center, which wouldn't release any information about her condition at Alvarado's request, a hospital spokeswoman said. Riverside County sheriff's Cpl. Dennis E. Gutierrez said she would be fine.
Alvarado became separated from her group Sunday afternoon and was later reported missing. A Desert Sheriff's Search and Rescue team found Alvarado down a steep, brush-covered ravine about 7:30 a.m. near an area known as Needle's Eye after spotting a red tank top on West Fork Trail from a helicopter, according to sheriff's Sgt. Pete Ortiz.
Marcenia Alvarado was found near an area known as Needle's Eye in the Indian Canyons.
Alvarado was about 3.5 miles from the trailhead and was severely dehydrated and had multiple bumps and cuts on her arms and legs, he said.
KAGOSHIMA -- Three hikers missing after being washed away in a Yaku Island river Tuesday were found dead Wednesday morning, police said.
Crewmembers of a Kagoshima Prefectural Police helicopter searching for the three found the bodies submerged in a river near the famous Senpiro Falls on Wednesday morning. Officers dispatched to the scene recovered the three bodies -- two men and a woman -- between 8:30 and 9:10 a.m.
Investigators believe the bodies are those of the three missing people -- Kiyomi Masuda, 39, an office worker from Kumamoto; Hirotsugu Oishi, 53, a high school teacher of Kumamoto; and Yasushi Hiyama, 55, a company employee of Ogori, Fukuoka Prefecture. The prefectural police are trying to confirm their identities.
A mountaineering guide spotted a man along the river on Yaku Island asking for help around Tuesday noon, and alerted police.
The prefectural police dispatched a helicopter to the scene and rescued the man, 45-year-old Susumu Saigo. He told officers on the spot that two people had been washed away in the river and two others stranded. http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/news/20040505p2a00m0dm010000c.html
Guide Charged With Culpable Homicide in Spanish Fatalities For Ignoring Snow Warnings
May 12 2004, 11:12 AM
Despite being charged and facing prosecution, a 39-year-old Dutch hiking guide is returning home to the Netherlands on Tuesday with survivors of a fatal hiking trip in the Sierra Nevada in Spain last week.
Identified as Sonja van Z., the guide has been charged with culpable homicide. A Spanish judge ordered on Monday that her role in the deaths of three Dutch nationals be further investigated.
Van Z. allegedly ignored warnings from local police not to attempt the hike on 5 May due to bad weather. The hikers died as a snowstorm closed in during their trek on the Mulhacén Mountain to a hut at an altitude of 2,500m. http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=19&story_id=7429
Controversial Rescue After One Week in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada
May 9 2004, 4:18 PM
Rescuers and family members celebrated Friday's safe return of a woman lost in Red Rock Canyon since Sunday, but authorities are questioning her account of the five-day ordeal in the wilderness.
Christine Asleson, 46, told rescuers she survived without water by eating flowers, crouching in the shade and rubbing dirt on herself to keep cool in the 90-degree-plus temperatures.
Las Vegas police officially called off their search Thursday evening. Asleson was found about 10 a.m. Friday when a search volunteer heard her shouting from a cliff only a short distance from the area where police, the missing hiker's friends and family and other volunteers were based during the search.
She was airlifted from the cliff and transported by ambulance to University Medical Center, where the man in charge of the search said she was found to be in suspiciously good physical condition.
Her story of where she's been for the past five days is highly suspect," said Sgt. Clint Bassett, search and rescue coordinator. "Her medical condition is not conducive to someone who has been in the wilderness. She's been eating and drinking regular. She's in great shape.
"There's more to this story. We just don't know what it is yet."
Other police officials didn't echo Bassett's skepticism, however. Department spokesman Rick Barela and Capt. Terry Lesney, who oversees the department's Missing Persons Bureau, said it's too early to know whether Asleson's account is accurate.
Mutt Rescued After 2 1/2 Hours Burried in Shasta Avalanche
May 9 2004, 4:25 PM
This episode started one morning in late April when an avid Telemark skier, Jason Koster, had climbed up Green Butte Ridge and then dropped down into Powder Bowl at 9,280 feet, high on the south flank of 14,162-foot Mount Shasta. Koster's partner was his beloved pal, P.J., a wonderful Heinz-57 mutt.
On the way skiing down Powder Bowl, Koster had cut four or five turns when he triggered the avalanche from loose material cracking free atop hard- pack. After being cartwheeled by an initial blast of snow, Koster was able to balance on his skis and escape to the side. But when he looked back, his dog was gone.
Using his cell phone, Koster contacted the Avalanche Center. Rescue specialists Hill, Dan Towner and Steve Webber responded, along with their two dogs, Kenai, an Australian shepherd, and Cider, a golden retriever. Towner was able to retrieve one of P.J.'s sleeping blankets from home, which the rescue dogs used to get a scent.
It took two hours for the rescue team to climb to the avalanche zone, their steps post-holing deep into the loose snow.
"We all recognized there was another snow area that had not released with the avalanche," Hill said. "Heck yes, I was worried."
Koster pointed where his dog had disappeared, and eventually, the rescue team reached the area.
Just 10 minutes into the search, Cider, the golden retriever, started digging in the snow. Everybody rushed to the spot. Hill then poked through the snow with a 10-foot metal tube called an Avalanche Probe, hoping to sense resistance.
"About 3 feet down, I probed and felt this spongy, soft resistance," Hill said. "I was thinking, 'That's P.J.' And then, 'How could the dog still possibly be alive?' "
Suddenly, a patch of black and brown hair was uncovered. It was a 4-inch section of one of the dog's legs. A moment later, the leg moved. Tears started flowing -- a miracle seemed at hand. Could P.J. still be alive?
In the next five minutes, the rescue party uncovered the rest of the dog, and Koster himself, digging with his hands, uncovered P.J.'s head. The dog was hypothermic and shaking -- but alive.
P.J. was wrapped in her blanket, and Webber, with the dog in his arms, snowboarded 4 miles, 2,000 feet vertical, to reach a vehicle -- and the dog was rushed to an animal hospital for treatment.
Today, the dog is fully recovered, again out chasing her favorite ball, ready for more adventures.
"Most anything can't live outside of 15 minutes of being buried," Hill said. "The likelihood of anything surviving 2 1/2 (hours) is close to nil."
Yet it happened.
For a safe adventure in the snow-country wilderness, go to http://www.shastaavalanche.org/ -- a must-see before climbing. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2004/05/09/SPGJ86IAPQ1.DTL
A 21-year-old Salt Lake City man died Saturday evening when he fell while hiking alone in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
The man was free climbing at Moss Ledge, about five miles from the canyon base, when he slipped on a wet rock and tumbled 15 feet into a pool of water, according to Salt Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Les Powers.
Other hikers found the man who was conscious and alert at the time. They hiked out of the canyon and called for search and rescue around 7 p.m.
The man died while Life Flight helicopters attempted to hoist him to safety. He suffered head injuries, two broken arms and a broken leg, Powers said, plus the hypothermic effect of the cold water. http://www.sltrib.com/2004/May/05092004/utah/164825.asp
Fife climber has been killed after he was struck by lightning while walking in Perthshire yesterday afternoon. Derek Hunter (40), from Kelty, was near the summit of Ben Oss, near Tyndrum, when the tragedy occurred at about 4.30 pm.
It is believed an aluminium walking pole he was carrying attracted the fatal lightning bolt.
His climbing companion, who has not been named, tried to call the emergency services on his mobile phone. However, the storm had already put the mobile phone mast at Tyndrum out of action.
It was more than two hours before he was able to make his way off the 3373ft hill and raise the alarm.
A helicopter from HMS Gannet at Prestwick was scrambled and Mr Hunter was found near the summit.
Despite attempts by the crew to revive him, he died in the helicopter. http://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/output/2004/05/11/story5906123t0.shtm
A woman missing for two nights was found down an embankment near the Sipsey River where she apparently had fallen and hit her head while hiking in the Bankhead National Forest.
Rescue workers brought Joan Allen, 51, of Russellville out of the rocky terrain in a basket lift after she was spotted around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Missing since Sunday afternoon, she had been unable to climb up the embankment and was suffering from dehydration but appeared to be OK.
Capt. David Hester of the Russellville Police Department said a forest ranger found Allen's car in the Sipsey River Recreation Area parking lot Tuesday morning and notified his department.
"Apparently, she fell, hit her head and was not able to get up and walk out," he said.
He said Allen was taken to a Haleyville hospital for treatment after the rescue.
Allen had been missing since around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, when she was seen leaving a Russellville restaurant. Hester said the Sipsey River Recreation Area was a favorite spot for Allen to go hiking.
A hiking adventure took a dangerous and frightening turn for five teens overnight in Zoar Valley. They got lost, so police and rescuers spent hours searching for them.
The five teens spent the night, thirsty, bumped and bruised, and talking off and on to rescue workers by cell phone. In fact, that's how the Collins Center Fire Department found out about the teens, one called 911 on her cell saying they were lost in Zoar Valley. But with the signal cutting out, the teens not having a clue where they were, and without the enhanced 911 tracking system on cell phones yet, rescue workers had to work by ground while Air One used it's infra-red system to search from above.
Two 10-year-old girls who became lost during a school hike in the Black Hills and spent the night alone were back with their families on Thursday.
The two fourth graders were in good shape despite wet and below freezing weather Wednesday night, according to a release from the Custer County Office of Emergency Services.
The search began Wednesday evening after authorities received a call that a teacher and several students from the Rosebud St. Francis School were missing. They had been hiking in the Harney Peak area.
Rescue crews located everyone but the two fourth-grade students.
Teams went out again Thursday morning and searched on horseback, on foot and by air in the area where the girls were last seen. A ground team found them about 9:45 a.m.
Mike Lloyd, district ranger for the Black Hills National Forest, said anyone entering back country in the Hills should be prepared for an emergency overnight stay. http://www.aberdeennews.com/mld/aberdeennews/news/8665662.htm
Avalanche Claims Alpine Ski Club Secretary on Mount Ararat
May 15 2004, 10:16 AM
On our expedition there were 14 people, all of whom were in the Palandoken area that day, just outside the garrison town of Erzerum, 700 miles east of Istanbul. But only five had been skiing in our close-knit group: myself and Robert and expedition leader David Hamilton, along with ex-soldier Alun Davies and Alpine Ski Club secretary Alasdair Ross. We could not see any of them.
An army team arrived and took over the rescue, placing Alasdair on a stretcher. The avalanche had occurred just over 100metres from the safety of a military post.
For much of the last 35 years it has been out of bounds due to a series of wars in the area and the claim by the Armenians that it belonged to them and not to Turkey.
As we set off the wind was, if anything, stronger than the evening before, constantly blowing us over on our skis. It was surprisingly warm with worrying patches of orange in the snow, sand blown by the hot wind all the way from the Sahara. We could see the occasional tell-tale sloughs of snow on slopes of 30 degrees and above. Perfect avalanche conditions.
Just before we got to the bridge close to our Kurdish friends' farmhouse, some of us wondered aloud whether any sane ski mountaineer would be out in such conditions. Looking back, the weather was so wild and so warm that we should have all stayed at home. But we were here on the trip of a lifetime, trying to cram in as much adventure as possible and we were all so keen to get ready for the big mountain.
Now Alasdair was dead.
At 59, unmarried and with no children, he was a fanatical skier who loved indulging his passion in the wilder parts of the world. Unfortunately, when we got him out he had stopped breathing and all attempts to resuscitate him failed.
By the time darkness fell and Alasdair was on his way to the mortuary in Erzerum the wind on the mountain was gusting over 100mph, ripping the roofs off several local buildings in one of the worst storms of the winter. http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1083180520211
National Park Service rangers will try again today to reach a pair of climbers stranded on Mount Rainier, two days after one of them suffered a serious head injury in a fall.
Maine residents Peter Cooley, 39, and Scott Richards, 42, spent their second night huddled in a tent at 12,300 feet on Liberty Ridge after rescuers on foot and in a helicopter failed to reach them Sunday. Temperatures were expected to drop into the teens overnight.
Park officials spoke to Richards by cell phone at least twice Sunday. He said Cooley, who suffered a gash on his head, what appeared to be a broken arm and a leg injury Saturday morning, continued to be combative and disoriented. His condition had not worsened, which was a piece of good news, said Kevin Bacher, a spokesman for Mount Rainier National Park.
Richards told park officials he was doing everything he could to keep his friend and climbing partner comfortable, and vowed to "stay up here if it takes a week" to be rescued. He also said the men were thinking of their wives as they waited for help, according to Patti Wold, a park spokeswoman.
"They're being stoic. They know how long it can take for us to get to them," Bacher said Sunday evening. "They're just being patient."
Bacher said the men have adequate provisions to get through today without worry. "They might have to start rationing if it gets any longer than that," he said. "We certainly hope to reach them today."
The original plan was to reach them Sunday, but the weather, always unpredictable on Mount Rainier in May, intervened.
Climbing rangers David Gottlieb and Chris Olson began moving toward the men Saturday afternoon and hoped to find them in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday. But a whiteout forced the elite rangers to a halt about 5,000 feet below Cooley and Richards about 1 a.m. Sunday, Wold said. The rangers "hunkered down for several hours" until the weather cleared enough for them to move again, she said.
Nasty weather, including thick fog and snow, continued to slow their efforts during the day Sunday, Wold said.
Gottlieb and Olson were sinking into deep snow with each step, what mountaineers call "post-holing," and had to go slowly to navigate through the fog as they climbed.
"This is going very slow because of the weather," said Lee Taylor, another spokeswoman for the park.
As night fell Sunday, Gottlieb and Olson hooked up with a team of five other rangers who were following in their footsteps at about 8,800 feet elevation. The group made camp, and Gottlieb and Olson, going "fast and light," intended to press on - weather permitting - first thing this morning, Bacher said. The larger group will follow.
Another party of five volunteers from Tacoma Mountain Rescue also was on its way up the mountain Sunday evening to support the rescue effort.
A helicopter was over the mountain about 6:30 p.m. scouting terrain, Bacher said, but a mission earlier in the day to try to rescue Cooley and Richards with an Oregon National Guard Chinook helicopter was aborted because of bad weather.
Helicopters could be grounded today as the weather forecast calls for more clouds and snow showers at 7,500 feet and higher.
"It's not uncommon for the weather to be so bad that we can't get a helicopter to the climbers," Taylor said. "But it is uncommon that it stays so bad that we have to do the entire rescue on foot."
The remote spot where the men are stuck is complicating the rescue, park officials said. The climbing route on Liberty Ridge, which is on the north side of the 14,410-foot volcano, rises at a 45-degree slope in some places.
"This is a technically challenging rescue due to the steepness of the terrain, high elevation and poor weather," incident commander Mike Gauthier said in a press release issued by the park. "We are sending in only highly skilled climbers, including National Park Service rangers, Rainier Mountaineering Inc. guides and volunteers from Tacoma Mountain Rescue. All of these people are giving their all to get Peter Cooley to safety."
A Park Service advisory issued Saturday warned climbers taking the Liberty Ridge route to the top of Washington's highest peak to expect "winter snow conditions from top to bottom."
"These conditions, combined with winter road closures, may significantly lengthen the time required to complete the route and will increase overall remoteness and seriousness of this undertaking," the advisory said.
Cooley and Richards started their climb at Ipsut Creek near the Carbon River entrance to the park and crossed Carbon Glacier to Liberty Ridge by about 6 a.m. Saturday, rangers said.
They were less than 2,000 feet from the summit when Cooley fell about 30 feet and slammed into a rock. He suffered a 1-inch gash just below the rim of his helmet. He also hurt his arm and leg. Richards, who was not hurt, called 911 on his cell phone to alert rangers of their predicament, and the rescue effort was launched.
Cooley and Richards are both experienced climbers who are in "excellent physical condition," Cooley's family said in a statement Sunday. "They have both climbed Mount Rainier before, successfully. They are good friends."
Both men come from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, which is just outside Portland, the state's largest city.
Jon Tierney teaches alpine mountaineering courses in Maine, once worked as a high-elevation rescue ranger and has made it to the top of Rainier himself. Tierney said Cooley has a good chance of surviving if he is in a tent, has a warm sleeping bag and can stay dry.
"If he's survived this long, that's a good sign," said Tierney, who does not know either of the stranded climbers. "I don't think the altitude will be an issue. I think the weather and the environmental conditions will be the real issue."
LONGMIRE, WA -- A helicopter Tuesday evacuated Scott Richards, the surviving member of a pair of climbers who were stranded on Mount Rainier, the day after his severely injured companion died on a copter flight to a hospital.
Two climbing rangers had reached Cooley and Richards, 42, also of Cape Elizabeth, earlier Monday. Cooley had fallen on Saturday while the pair attempted to scale the peak by Liberty Ridge, one of the mountain's most difficult climbing routes.
Liberty Ridge "Fifty Classic Climbs" Status Made Rescue Very Difficult
May 18 2004, 3:39 PM
Liberty Ridge slopes from the Carbon Glacier toward the summit at a 45-degree angle. It's so steep, Whitaker said, that some rescue parties prefer to lift stranded climbers to the summit, then descend via an easier route.
The plan to rescue Cooley called for lowering him down the ridge had they not been able to reach him by helicopter.
"It's as high-risk as any other rescue on the mountain," said Mike Gauthier, commander of the rescue.
Whitaker and Gauthier describe the area as a steep ridge surrounded by ice cliffs and a feature known as Willis Wall. It's a favorite climb of both men.
The climb became more popular in 1979 when it was listed in the book "Fifty Classic Climbs in North America" by Steve Roper and Allen Steff.
"Climbers come from around the world to tick that one off," Gauthier said.
Liberty Ridge is one of the toughest routes to the summit, though it is not as difficult as its neighbor, Willis Wall.
Whitaker, the son of climbing legend Lou Whitaker, says it is so challenging because it so steep for such a long stretch.
Cooley and his partner, Scott Richards, left Thursday afternoon from Ipsut Creek in the northwest corner of the park, and Cooley fell Saturday morning. The first rescue unit left Ipsut Creek on Saturday night and reached Cooley and Richards on Monday afternoon.
Gauthier says it typically takes three to four days to reach the summit via Liberty Ridge. Easier routes typically take two days.
Gauthier says the rescue was "incredibly stressful" because of the difficulty of the terrain.
"It's not an easy rescue," Gauthier said. "I have to say the rescuers are heroes." http://www.tribnet.com/news/story/5084666p-5012379c.html
Critical Injury as Women Glissade in Snow on Mount Olympus in Utah
May 17 2004, 12:06 PM
Three hikers went up Mount Olympus earlier today to have some fun in what's left of the snow on the mountain.
But what started out as a day of fun... quickly turned dangerous... when both female hikers lost control and fell.
sport that's a lot like sledding... except in glaceding you strap on some boots ... find the steepest part of the mountain... that has a deep snowpack.
Then you use the boots to slide down it.
But the two women lost control... and fell down the mountain.
With a critical head injury, Sherry couldn't be moved, but lifeflight couldn't get to her either.
Sgt. Les Powers Salt Lake County Sherriff's Office: "BECAUSE OF THE ANGLE OF WHERE THEY'RE AT, THE HELICOPTER DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH CABLE TO GET HIGH ENOUGH SO THAT THEY HELICOPTER WOULD BE SAFE AND THE CABLE COULD LET THE PERSONEL DOWN TO BRING THEM OUT."
Search and Rescue crews strapped Sherry to a tobaggon type sled and moved her to a spot where Lifeflight could hoist her up off the mountain.
The other injured hiker... walked down off the mountain with an elbow injury. http://tv.ksl.com/index.php?nid=39&sid=94207
Arizona Hiker Fatal Shooting At Trail Head Following Altercation With Dogs
May 17 2004, 3:39 PM
A confrontation between a hiker and another man at a trailhead off Highway 87 near the Highway 260 turn off, left one man dead Tuesday evening.
Coconino County Sheriff's Det. Scott Feagan said he cannot release specific details on the incident because of the ongoing investigation and deputies are still trying to notify next of kin.
According to Feagan, a hiker coming out at the Pine Canyon trailhead, came across another man with two dogs.
"It appears that a hiker and an individual came across each other," Feagan said. "The accusation by the hiker is that he was attacked by the individual and his two dogs."
The hiker shot and killed the alleged attacker.
"It appears, at this time, that it was self-defense," Feagan said. "But it will be under review by the Coconino County Attorney's Office. They make the final determination about whether charges will be filed."
Feagan said that at this point in the investigation, indications are that the hiker was attacked in the remote area, but could not elaborate.
Because detectives are still trying to locate the next of kin, Feagan could only say the man was from Arizona and was 43-years-old.
"The hiker is a law abiding citizen with a concealed weapons permit," Feagan said.
After the shooting, the hiker flagged down an off-duty forest service employee who contacted law enforcement.
The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department was first to respond to the scene. Lt. Ray Groves said the man was deceased when they arrived.
The dogs were taken by the county animal control officer.
Groves said the dogs did not appear vicious to him and never growled or barked at rescue crews. http://www.paysonroundup.com/section/frontpage_lead/story/15128
Search Scaled Back For Soloist on Mount Sanford in Alaska
May 17 2004, 4:49 PM
The search for a Utah man who went missing while attempting a solo climb of a mountain in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska was scaled back Sunday.
Jason Harper, 28, of Salt Lake City, set out May 4 to climb Mount Sanford, a 16,237-foot peak in the 13.2-million-acre Wrangell-St. Elias, the largest national park in the country. The park contains 9 of the 16 highest peaks in the United States, including Mount Sanford.
Harper planned to climb Sheep Glacier to the summit and return in five days. The area is at the 3,000-foot level, about 20 miles northwest of the summit. From the drop-off, it's about 20 miles to the summit over a vertical climb of 12,000 feet.
Out of Bounds Skiier Found at Hidden Lake After Night on Mount Hood
May 17 2004, 4:50 PM
16-year-old snowboarder from Battle Ground, Wash., spent Saturday night lost on Mount Hood before rescuers found him uninjured Sunday morning.
A fellow snowboarder reported Adam Rogers missing about 9 p.m. Saturday after Rogers didn't meet him in the Timberline Lodge parking lot, said Deputy Angela Brandenburg, spokeswoman for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Rogers' friend Jacob Cumma, 18, of Vancouver told deputies he last saw Rogers at the top of the Palmer chairlift, where they had been snowboarding outside the Timberline boundaries, Brandenburg said.
Cumma told deputies that fog rolled over the slopes as he headed down the mountain. He arrived in the parking lot about 3:30 p.m., but Rogers never showed up.
About 50 searchers stomped onto the mountain at first light, about 5 a.m. Sunday. An Oregon Army National Guard helicopter helped in the search, Brandenburg said.
At 8:50 a.m., a team from Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue found Rogers near Hidden Lake, about three miles from where Cumma last saw him.
"It wasn't looking good there for a while, but it turned out OK," Brandenburg said. "It's dangerous skiing out of bounds" http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/108479503568030.xml
Rescuers found the bodies of two climbers from Ulyanovsk on the northern Elbrus slope on Tuesday. They have already been searched for in the Elbrus area for about a week, chief of the southern regional centre of the Russian Emergencies Ministry Ivan Teterin told Itar-Tass.
According to him the basic camp of Ulyanovsk sportsmen is also found. The condition of the camp points to the fact that foil weather conditions caught the climbers unawares. Their belongings were littered, tents are broken.
The bodies of climbers were found on the northern Elbrus slope, but an altitude of 5,100 metres above the sea level does not allow taking them aboard the helicopter.
Rescuers do not rule out that the climbers could fall in the fissure, many of which are noticed on the itinerary of the climbing group. The search for the climbers is in progress. http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=829846&PageNum=0
Climber Falls Into 30 Foot Crevasse Below Crater Rock on Hood
May 18 2004, 3:41 PM
GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- A climber is alive and awaiting help after falling 30 feet into a crevasse below Crater Rock, near the 9,600-foot-level on Mt. Hood early Tuesday, authorities said.
Rescuers identified the climber as Jeffrey Godfrey, 60, of Ventura, California.
"The medical team has reached the victim and apparently he has some facial abrasions and some groin injuries. They are attempting to pull him out of the crevasse and get him down the mountain," one rescuer told KGW at noon.
A family who left their dog for dead after a desert hiking accident five weeks ago has been reunited with the pooch.
Seventeen-year-old Stephen Schwartz was hiking with his brother, father and two cousins on April 18th on the western edge of Death Valley National Park when their dog -- Shadow -- fell into a pit.
They tried to rescue the dog but the ladder they were using fell out of reach and Shadow stopped responding to their calls. Thinking the dog was dead they placed an improvised cross over the hole and returned home to San Bernardino County.
Temecula resident Scott Mertz and his brother Darren Mertz stumbled on the pit Sunday and dared each other to climb inside. Then they heard barking.
Using a hose Darren lowered his brother into the hole until he could reach the ladder and get to the dog. The Mertz brothers called the number on Shadow's tags and told the Schwartzs their pet was fine -- 35 days after they left it for dead.
Stephen Schwartz says the cocker spaniel-beagle mix lost five pounds but is doing fine. http://www.nbc4.tv/news/3322206/detail.html
President of Japan Adventure Guides Dies in Descent From Everest
May 20 2004, 3:56 PM
A Japanese woman died while descending Mount Everest after making it to the top of the world's highest mountain, her tour guide company said Friday.
Shoko Ota, 63, had made the summit with a guide and a fellow climber on Thursday, Tokyo-based Adventure Guides Co. said in a statement.
But Ota became unable to move and lost consciousness during their descent, about 350 meters (1,120 feet) from the summit of the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) mountain.
The team's leader, Kenji Kondo, later confirmed that Ota had stopped breathing and lost her pulse.
Kondo, 41, who is also the president of Adventure Guides, reported the death by satellite phone to the company's Tokyo office.
The tour was Adventure Guides' first to Mount Everest.
A jogger was bitten by a bear in Glacier National Park's first reported bear-related injury of the year, officials said Tuesday.
A park statement said a man was running early Sunday when he came up on what he thought was a grizzly bear. Gary Smith told officials he fell. Smith said the bear bit his shoe, then left after Smith sprayed the animal.
Smith said he got away with a scratch and a puncture on his shin. http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2004/05/20/build/state/80-bear-bite.inc
The bodies of three South Korean climbers have been found after they went missing early this week during a descent of Mount Everest, a university official said.
Two of a seven-member climbing team went missing on Tuesday, apparently after having suffered exhaustion, the official said, and the third went astray after launching a rescue mission.
"We were informed from the South Korean embassy to China that a Tibet climb association found bodies of the three at the mountain," an official of Keimyung University said, adding that the university is trying to establish other details.
Weather blocks copter; team moves injured climber down McKinley
A rescue team of rangers and volunteers were bringing an injured South Korean climber down from a point high on Mount McKinley on Saturday after snowfall and poor visibility blocked a helicopter evacuation attempt.
Miriam Valentine, a spokeswoman for Denali National Park at the Talkeetna ranger station, said climber Il Ho Cho is awake but shows symptoms of head injury, suffers from frostbite and is not able to walk.
One team is moving the injured man down from the 17,200-foot camp, while another team is climbing from a main camp at 14,200 to help. The move to the lower camp could be accomplished by late Saturday night or finished today, Valentine said.
If the weather breaks, she said, another attempt will be made by high-altitude helicopter to take the climber to a hospital. There are tents and support facilities at the 14,200-foot camp, she said, and a medical student to assist in Il's care.
Il was said to have been injured in a fall above 18,200-foot Denali Pass.
He is from the city of Daejeon and is the leader of the Daejeon Mount McKinley Expedition, the National Park Service said. It is one of several Korean climbing teams on McKinley.
-- Anchorage Daily News
National Park Service Morning Report - May 25, 2004
Climber Rescued from Mt. McKinley
A multi-day rescue effort to save an injured Korean climber was begun on Thursday, May 20th, following a late night emergency call to the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (RCC), which in turn notified mountaineering staff at Denali National Park & Preserve. Forty-year-old Il Ho Cho of South Korea, leader of the Daejeon Mt. McKinley Expedition, reportedly fell 50 to 60 feet just above Denali Pass at 18,300 feet during a descent of the West Buttress route. Cho was unable to descend any further due to his injuries. Climbing partners wrapped him in layers of down clothing, insulated him from the snow with a backpack, then descended to the 17,200-foot high camp to get help. Throughout the early morning hours, members of several Korean climbing parties made two separate attempts to return to Cho with emergency supplies, but were turned back by high winds and whiteout conditions. On Friday morning, a Hercules HC-130 aircraft from the 210th Rescue Squadron out of Kulis Air Force Base in Anchorage flew to the park, but could not find Cho due to overcast skies. In a remarkable 15-hour push made on Friday, an NPS ground rescue team climbed from the 14,200 foot ranger camp to where Cho lay at 18,300 feet. The team then executed a technical lowering of the injured climber, reaching high camp at about 10 p.m. The team was led by Renny Jackson, a climbing ranger from Grand Teton National Park on temporary detail to Denali. Jackson’s team consisted of four other Teton climbing rangers who volunteered their time to join Jackson during his detail.At high camp, Cho was stabilized and treated overnight for exhaustion, hypothermia, dehydration, frostbite, and a possible head injury. On Saturday, poor visibility continued to preclude a helicopter evacuation, so Jackson led a further technical rope lowering of Cho down the "Rescue Gully" from the 17,200-foot high camp to the 14,200-foot ranger camp. This was the second time in a week that the Grand Teton-based patrol and other volunteers had executed a 3,000-foot rope lowering of an injured climber down the Rescue Gully. When skies cleared on Monday morning, May 24th, the park's contract high altitude Lama helicopter flew into the 14,200-foot camp and evacuated Cho to 7,200-foot basecamp, where he was transferred to an airplane and taken to Anchorage for further medical care. Denali mountaineering ranger Gordy Kito served as the incident commander for the rescue, with mountaineering ranger John Evans directing ground operations from the 14,200-foot camp. The overall effort involved the entire South District ranger staff, the 210th Rescue Squadron, and over 35 volunteers at various camps on the mountain.
*** Bonus Denali Article ***
A dangerous calling
Each spring hundreds of climbers fight weather, ice and thin air in an attempt to scale rugged Mount McKinley
By CRAIG MEDRED
Anchorage Daily News
(Published: May 23, 2004)
MOUNT McKINLEY, 14,200-FOOT CAMP -- Pounded by a gray torrent of snow driven by the winds exploding down the flanks of the West Buttress, the fabled pararescue men from Alaska's Kulis Air National Guard Base battled upward in ghostly rope teams of three.
Warning About Wearing After Fall on Eldorado Canyon Near Boulder, Colorado
May 25 2004, 4:34 PM
Following a climber's 60-foot fall on Sunday afternoon, Boulder safety officials are warning other climbers to learn the lessons Brandon Fritz failed to absorb.
On Sunday afternoon, Fritz, 22, fell in Eldorado Canyon State Park south of Boulder and was later rescued by the Boulder County Sheriff's deputies and other rescue personnel.
I would recommend that every climber always wear a helmet; he (Fritz) was not wearing one," said Sheriff's Detective Lt. Phil West. "I also suggest that climbers always go at least in pairs, and he was climbing alone."
West suggests that Fritz was lucky since two nearby climbers saw his fall and reported it immediately at 2:15 p.m.
84-Year-Old Hiker Airlifted From Manoa Cliffs Trail in Hawaii
May 25 2004, 4:35 PM
Rescue crews said an 84-year-old man hiking down a trail near Tantalus slipped and fell at least 100 feet.
It happened at the Manoa Cliffs Trail. The group the man was hiking with, immediately called for help with cell phones.
"He reportedly was with a group of about 15 people and he was the only one who fell off the trial. Reports were he got back up to the trial and that's where our engine company met him," Honolulu Fire Department Battalion Chief James Perkins said.
Although rescue crews were able to hike in and help the man, fire officials decided it would be quicker to airlift the hiker out. When HFD's Air 1 got to the trail, the pilot was faced with wet and windy conditions, but was able to safely bring the hiker out of the mountains.
"He was a little cold, it could've been the weather. http://www.thehawaiichannel.com/news/3340687/detail.html
Skiier Survives 700 Slide on Mount Shuksan in Washington
May 25 2004, 4:39 PM
Don Beavon looks a little worse for wear, but given what he went through, the fact that he's moving at all is just short of a miracle.
He and a friend used skis to climb Mount Shuksan last Wednesday, and were skiing down when the snow gave way beneath him.
"I remember falling. I remember seeing terrain going by really fast and wondering when it was going to be over," Beavon recalled Monday.
His partner, Nevada Waters managed to descend to where his partner lay stunned, stabilize him on a nearby ledge and then ski down to the trailhead, where he summoned authorities.
"I hated to leave him on the mountain," Waters said. "He had suffered a head injury that impaired his consciousness, but with his back so badly hurt, he couldn't possibly have made it down on his own. I stabilized him as best I could, bundled him in my jacket and took off to get help."
Beavon admits its ironic that after summiting Everest, Rainier, and other notable peaks around the world, it was local mount Shuksan that almost killed him.
It makes no sense. A guy falls 30 feet, on Rainier, hits his head and dies and another guy falls 700 feet and survives. http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_052404WABclimberhurtJK.1f48f6acd.html
Big Bend National Park (TX)
Hiker Dies on Grapevine Hills Trail
On Thursday, May 20th, park searchers, aided by a Border Patrol helicopter, found the body of a 42-year-old New York man who became lost on a day hike the previous day. Another hiker reported seeing the man around 11 a.m. on Wednesday on the Grapevine Hills trail. When the hiker returned to his car at 4 p.m., he noted that the other hiker’s vehicle was still at the trailhead. He reported this fact to rangers, noting that the man had no pack, water or hat on a day when temperatures hovered near 100 degrees. Several hasty teams aided by a Border Patrol tracker searched until dark, following an intermittent track. Terrain and darkness halted their efforts, which resumed the next morning. Searchers picked up tracks near the last known point shortly after sunup. An observer in the helicopter spotted the body of the hiker as the helicopter flew ahead of searchers who were on the track trail. It appears that dehydration and heat were the cause of death. Ranger Kathy Hambly was IC.[Submitted by Mark Spier, Chief Ranger] http://data2.itc.nps.gov/morningreport/morningreportold.cfm?date=05%2F24%2F2004
Falling Fatality in New River Gorge in West Virginia
May 28 2004, 6:35 PM
New River Gorge National River (WV)
An apparent fall from an abandoned railroad bridge on Friday resulted in the death of Matthew Hunley, 20, of Oak Hill, West Virginia. Around 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, Fayette County 911 received a report that Hunley was missing from a group of people who were camping and fishing near the New River downstream from the Cunard River access. A search was launched and Hunley’s body was found in a stream below the bridge and near the campsite. It appears that he fell from the bridge. Assisting in the recovery and removal of the body were members of the Fayette County Rope Rescue Team. An investigation is being conducted by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the park. NPS SA Chris Schrader is the lead for the park.
[Submitted by Gary Hartley, Chief Ranger, and William R. Laird, Sheriff, Fayette County Sheriff's Department] http://data2.itc.nps.gov/morningreport/morningreportold.cfm?date=05%2F24%2F2004
WHITEHORSE - A B.C. man is dead after a climbing accident on Mount Logan in the Yukon.
Police say 22-year-old Stephen Canning of Invermere died May 23 after a fall on Canada's highest peak.
Haines Junction RCMP received a satellite phone call this past Friday, notifying them of the accident.
Canning was climbing at Kluane Park with two male friends, also from B.C.
RCMP say the accident happened on the east peak of Mount Logan, at an elevation of more than 5,800 metres.
An attempt to recover the body was unsuccessful because of the extreme location. http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=2b875b1a-bf99-4d2b-bc12-5ff168a06b27
Hypothermia Fatality on Colorado's St. Mary's Glacier in 8 Inch Snow
May 31 2004, 4:59 PM
A 16-year-old hiker died Sunday, apparently from freezing temperatures, after being lost overnight on St. Mary's Glacier, according to the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office.
A rescue team of more than two dozen was able to evacuate the boy's 20-year-old brother by 7:30 a.m. Sunday, said Alpine Rescue spokesman Bill Barwick. The surviving hiker had hypothermia.
The search-and-rescue team was launched by 4 a.m. Sunday.
"They (the hikers) had an idea of where they were going," Barwick said. "But once they got up there, the weather got bad and they ended up getting turned around. The weather was a culprit."
Barwick said up to 8 inches of snow fell in the St. Mary's Glacier area overnight, and winds were up to 50 mph during the search.
The sheriff's office is withholding the names of the hikers, pending notification of the family. http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~2182893,00.html
Woman Suffering From Frostbite Rescued From Trail...she was wearing clogs!
June 1 2004, 12:14 PM
Woman Suffering From Frostbite Rescued From Trail
May 30, 2004 8:04 pm US/Mountain
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) A woman who climbed to 11,200 feet in snow wearing clogs was rescued off of Conundrum Trail this week after suffering frostbite.
The 27-year-old woman, whose name was not released, hiked in waist-deep, slushy snow in the slip-on shoes, said Mountain Rescue leader Scott Messina. She couldn't walk down because of frostbite.
Despite being trapped on an intermediate trail, seasonal conditions made it difficult for rescuers to reach the woman and bring her down early Thursday morning. It took 17 hours to finish the rescue.
The woman kept warm on the mountain by climbing into the Conundrum Hot Springs.
``This is a good heads-up to the public that it's still winter in the high country,'' said Deputy Joe Bauer.
Unprepared hiker frustrates Mountain Rescue
May 31, 2004
Members of Mountain Rescue Aspen who endured an all-night effort to transport a woman complaining of frostbitten feet out of the Conundrum Valley last week may have been misled by initial reports of her condition.
Scott Messina of Mountain Rescue Aspen said a group of hikers contacted the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department around noon Thursday, saying a woman at Conundrum Hot Springs had told them her feet were frostbitten and she was unable to walk.
The sheriff's department and 18 members of mountain rescue responded to the call. They reached the woman, identified as Wendy Goldsmith, 25, of Nederland, until 9 p.m.
Messina said her condition was not as severe as initially thought.
"The initial medical information directed us to believe there was a high sense of urgency [in rescuing her]," he said. "The medical condition of her feet ... wasn't anywhere near what the info we had.
"This was someone crying wolf."
The rescue effort ended shortly after 5 a.m. Friday, at which time Goldsmith was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital and released "15 minutes later," Messina added.
The fact Goldsmith was not as bad as believed frustrated rescuers who carried her on a litter while battling darkness, stream crossings and areas of snow.
"It was a long ways in there, and approximately three miles [from the hot springs] was unconsolidated snow - people were post-holing through it," Messina said. "It was a very challenging rescue, a lot of hard work for a lot of people."
Goldsmith had left for the hot springs - about nine miles from the Conundrum Valley trailhead - on Wednesday in a pair of snow clogs. According to Messina, she ditched her pack part way up the trail and eventually spent the night in the hot springs. The following morning, she contacted other campers in the area, claiming she couldn't walk.
"She basically did not take responsibility for her actions," Messina said. "The big take-home thing is for people to be prepared when they go out there.
A Sparks girl who had been the target of a search since she disappeared on a hike in the Ruby Mountains on Saturday apparently fell off a cliff to her death.
Elko County Sheriff Neil Harris says a search party found the body of eleven-year-old Kathleen Galindo this morning.
The girl had been reported missing in Lamoille Canyon on Saturday where she had been camping about 20 miles east of Reno with her parents, Fred and Larene Barrett, and a nine-year-old sister. http://tv.ksl.com/index.php?nid=5&sid=97533
Falling Tree Kills Cub Scout in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania
June 8 2004, 8:40 AM
GARDNERS, Pa. -- A 40-foot pine tree fell in a state park, killing a 7-year-old Cub scout and injuring his father and another boy while they slept in tents during a father-son weekend.
Owen R. Lentz, a first-grader from Camp Hill, was killed when the tree fell early Sunday, Pine Grove Furnace State Park manager Kenneth J. Boyles said.
Boyles said the accident was ``against all odds.'' The weather was calm, but the tree was diseased, he said.
Owen's father, Lee Lentz, who was asleep in the same tent, was struck on the head. He was treated at Carlisle Medical Center and released.
Another scout in a tent next to the Lentzes, Christopher Carey, suffered a broken pelvis. He was in satisfactory condition at the medical center today, a spokeswoman said http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/4815820.html
Two dozen rescuers from four search and rescue groups recovered an injured climber from a ridge on Quandary Peak Sunday and Monday.
The man, whose identity was not known Monday, is in his early- to mid-30s and from the Front Range, said Summit Search and Rescue Group liaison Mike Schmitt.
Rescuers got the call at 7:10 p.m. Sunday that one of two men had fallen about 40 feet from a ridge on the northeast corner of the 14,265-foot mountain in the Tenmile Range.
The local group got two teams into the field before they received a second call for a lost hiker on the opposite side of the mountain.
That hiker eventually found her way safely to the Blue Lakes trailhead.
According to Schmitt, the two men - both experienced climbers - were climbing a ridge to summit Quandary when one fell, injuring his leg.
It took almost four hours to climb about 2,000 vertical feet to reach the man, by which point it was dark, Schmitt said.
"Conditions were so horrible," he said.
"The snow was hardening up and getting icy. First there was hard-packed snow on a steep slope, it was icy on the top and then there was the scree field.
"The scree fields were some of the worst. They ranged from boulders as big as large trucks to scree so small we couldn't get a good foothold. All of it was really dangerous," Schmitt said.
Those conditions forced crews to bring the man down the mountain from one belay station at a time and at some points, resort to using rescuers themselves as anchors. They got off the mountain at 8:30 a.m. Monday.
Schmitt said recent rescue certification that helped boost self-confidence among rescuers, the fact that the second man had emergency medical training and assistance from Alpine, Vail Mountain, Grand County and Park County search and rescue teams helped make the rescue a success.
"If they hadn't come in this morning (Monday), we'd still be in the field right now," Schmitt said. "We always feel really confident in what we're doing, but we were so worn out; it was a lot of work by everybody."
An evening descent of a 14,000-ft. peak in the Sierra took a deadly turn over the weekend for a Riverside man described as an avid mountain climber.
According to Inyo County Search and Rescue Team Coordinator Randy Nixon, 54-year-old Daniel Kipper fell approximately 1,000 feet to his death Saturday as he and his climbing partner were rappelling down from the summit of Mt. Sill.
The peak towers above Big Pine at an altitude of 14,153 feet in the Palisade range. Mt. Sill requires a 10-mile approach and has several technical climbing routes on it (multi-pitch, roped climbing with gear placed to protect the climbers) of varying difficulties.
It was on that mountain at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday that, "for whatever reason," Nixon said, the anchor holding Kipper's rope to the rocks failed, and he tumbled down the face of the mountain.
Kipper's climbing partner was left stranded (likely with no rope) above the rappel n shouting for help n for several more hours until being able to descend the mountain Sunday. After hiking out during the day, he reported the accident to Inyo County Sheriff's Office that evening. http://www.inyoregister.com/articles/2004/06/09/news/9e9bnew1.txt
Three South Korean mountain climbers are missing after an avalanche struck Tuesday while they were attempting to scale K2 of the Himalayas, POSCO said on Wednesday.
Six members of the expeditionary team from North Kyongsang Province are reported to have been hit by the avalanche Tuesday morning while they were sleeping at the second camp at a point around 6,600 meters above sea level on K2.
POSCO identified the missing as Lee Hwa-hyong, 36, Kim Jae-yong, 35, and Pae Kyong-kyu, 34.
The other three members of the team returned to the base camp after the incident. http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200406/kt2004060916032712070.htm
A 56-year-old New Jersey man is out of the hospital after being carried down Mount Katahdin on a stretcher following a fall from a rock face.
Baxter State Park-AP) -- Park rangers spent 12 hours rescuing Vincent Jones, who dislocated both of his shoulders in the Monday afternoon accident on the Hunt Trail, at an elevation of three-thousand feet.
About 50 people, including volunteers from a nearby campground and a whitewater rafting company, took part in the rescue. Because of the weather and mechanical issues, there was no attempt at a helicopter rescue.
A helicopter tour company said a man took off his seat belt, opened a door and intentionally fell to his death during a sightseeing flight over the Grand Canyon National Park Thursday.
Authorities say the investigation of the man's death continues. They've offered few details on what led up to his exit from the helicopter about 90 miles northwest of Flagstaff, Ariz.
The man fell about 4,000 feet.
Officials don't know if the man had any connection to the others on board the helicopter. The pilot and four other passengers were shaken by what happened but weren't hurt.
Authorities say the cause of death won't be determined until the body is recovered from White's Butte.
The search in the rugged terrain will resume Friday. http://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/news/3407552/detail.html
A man has died after falling while climbing in Snowdonia, north Wales.
The 60-year-old man from the Oldham area was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor after the accident on Dinas Cromlech.
The incident on Friday afternoon was the second to take place within the space of minutes in the area.
A 23-year-old student had earlier suffered head injuries after falling 30ft near Llanberis.
The dead man has not yet been named. North Wales police have said they are not treating his death as suspicious.
The incident happened at about 1536 BST on Friday.
An RAF helicopter from Valley in Anglesey airlifted the man to hospital where he later died. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/north_west/3800753.stm
A Swedish citizen has been killed in a mountaineering accident in Russia’s internal republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. The tourist slipped on a mountain slope and fell to his death on June12, the agency reported, citing the republic’s Emergencies Ministry.
The late tourist was returning from the ascent to the Zapadnaya Mountain together with three more Swedish citizens. After the accident, the Swedes reported to the Elbrus search-and-rescue team. The body was found a few hours after the report. By the end of the same day the body was delivered to the village of Terskol, and on June 13 — to the city of Nalchik.
The press service of the Kabardino-Balkaria’s Emergencies Ministry has said that all of the Swedish tourists had registered with the search-and-rescue service. However, they did not hire a mountain guide which, the rescuers hold, could be one of the reasons behind the tragedy. http://www.mosnews.com/news/2004/06/15/mountaineer.shtml
Piestewa Peak Hiker Aiflifted After Being Spotted By News Copter in Arizona
June 15 2004, 3:41 PM
64-year-old Goodyear man is recovering after rescue crews airlifted him off Piestewa Peak Tuesday morning.
Don Weak, Sr. had been on the mountain since 11 a.m. Monday. He had been missing since about 2 p.m.
Rescuers said Weak was dehydrated, hungry, tired and sore, but still in pretty good shape, especially considering what he had been through.
Weak had apparently become lost while getting water. A chopper crew from Channel 5 found the man Tuesday morning.
At about 7:30 a.m., with the help of the police department's Firebird helicopter and pilot Brian Kelly, Weak was airlifted to the base of Piestewa Peak, where an ambulance was waiting. Weak's family was also waiting at the base of the peak. http://www.fox11az.com/news/state/stories/KMSB-20040615-fambp-hiker.2648241cf.html
Camouflage-Clad "Samurai" Orders Hikers Out of Berlin Forest
June 19 2004, 6:15 PM
A camouflage-clad German man wielding a samurai sword attacked at least seven hikers in forests west of Berlin, performing sword tricks before ordering them to leave the woods.
Police suspect a 46-year-old local man who trained in martial arts and survival skills in camps in Papua New Guinea and Vietnam to be the attacker.
"He's dangerous and has been hard to find because he wears camouflage," said Catrin Feistauer, spokeswoman for the Nauen police department.
Police have used infrared cameras mounted on helicopters to try and track him down.
The man pushed two elderly people off their bikes and flashing his sword shouted at them to leave the forest.
He later tried to drive a young couple out of the woods.
No one was seriously hurt. http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200406/s1135562.htm
Helicopter Rescue from California Desolation Wilderness
June 21 2004, 10:00 AM
An El Dorado County man was in Barton Memorial Hospital on Saturday recovering from injuries suffered in a hiking accident in the Desolation Wilderness area.
Robert Klinghoets was hoisted to safety by a California Highway Patrol helicopter and taken to Barton Memorial on Friday morning after falling down a hillside near Gefo Lake, El Dorado County Sheriff's Deputy Damian Frisby said. http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/9722653p-10645679c.html
Yellowstone's Mary Mountain Trail Temporarily Closed After 2 Grizzlies Swat Prone Hiker
June 21 2004, 10:01 AM
Two grizzly bears attacked a concessions worker hiking in Yellowstone's backcountry, sending him to the hospital.
The 20-year-old man suffered minor bruises along with lacerations and puncture wounds to his back.
He was hiking Friday evening on Mary Mountain Trail in the Hayden Valley.
The employee of Xanterra Parks and Resorts was hiking and bird-watching off the trail when he encountered two adult grizzlies about 30 yards away.
The bears charged and the victim immediately dropped to the ground and remained still.
Rangers say the bears swatted and bit the man on the back, rolling him over, then left the area.
The victim hiked the half-mile back to the trail head, where a motorist drove him to a park ranger, who provided some treatment.
The victim was first taken to Lake Clinic in the park, then eventually to a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
The Mary Mountain Trail was temporarily closed but has since reopened with bear warnings posted along the eastern portion. http://www.katu.com/outdoor/story.asp?ID=68425
A New York City man suffered multiple injuries when he fell and tumbled down a snow field in Grand Teton National Park.
Bill Mulligan, 35, tumbled about 150 to 200 feet over snow and rock Saturday morning, suffering cuts to his head and injuries to his right shoulder, abdomen, ribs and left ankle, rangers said Sunday.
The mishap occurred near the Middle Teton at the 10,100-foot level, about 20 miles north of Jackson.
Mulligan was west of Spalding Falls and part of a guided party that was descending from the guide service's high camp.
Five rangers were flown to the area by helicopter, who ascended 600 feet to the victim. He was stabilized, then lowered manually on a evacuation litter, using a series of snow anchors, to Garnet Meadows. He was taken to St. John's Medical Center in Jackson.
Dementia Blamed in Fatality on Shortcut Trail Near Ouray
June 22 2004, 5:33 PM
A missing 57-year-old woman, whose body was found by a hiker June 11 near Ouray died of exposure and hypothermia, according to an autopsy report.
Cynthia Gottschalk, of Oakland, Mo., was found along Shortcut Trail in the Cutler Creek area about five miles northeast of Ouray, said a prepared statement from Ouray Police Chief Glenn Johnson.
Gottschalk was last seen alive May 17 when she left her husband at the Riverside Inn in Ouray to take her dog for a walk. She suffered from dementia, a medical condition that affected her memory and ability to communicate, according to authorities.
"Mrs. Gottschalk obviously became lost in the area and due to a medical condition could not find her way back to the hotel," Johnson's statement said.
Her disappearance prompted an intense air and ground search by the Ouray Police Department, Ouray County Sheriff's Office and Ouray County Search and Rescue.
Campers near Eureka east of Silverton recovered Gottschalk's 4-year-old border collie June 1.
The dog was hungry and tired, and the San Juan County Sheriff's Office launched an unsuccessful search in the area for Gottschalk.
Darin Bakken was hiking in Ice Box Canyon outside the western edge of the loop in the Red Rock National Conservation Area when he decided to hike up the face of a cliff to get above a waterfall, Bassett said.
Bakken climbed to within about 15 feet of the top before he slipped or lost his grip and fell to the ground while his girlfriend and another friend watched.
"He almost made it to the top," Bassett said. "He peeled off backward. He fell 250 feet on the first fall and then he hit a couple times before making it to the 290 feet."
Bakken's acquaintances told police they had a couple of beers before starting their hike, but it's not clear whether alcohol played a role in Bakken's death, Bassett said.
Wilderness Education Institute Student Fatal Fall at Cascade Falls, Colorado
June 24 2004, 4:46 PM
A 13-year-old girl who died after a 100-foot fall was identified today as Abigail Walter of Bailey.
A 71-year-old woman who died of a heart attack in a separate incident was identified as Marilyn Frongillo of Sarasota, Fla.
Abigail was with four other students and two counselors from the Wilderness Education Institute when she fell at Cascade Falls on the west side of the park on Wednesday, park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said.
She fell at about 1 p.m. about 3 1/2 miles from the trailhead. It was nearly 2:30 p.m. before a hiker reached a phone to call 911, Patterson said.
The exact cause of death had not been determined.
Frongillo, whose age was previously reported to be 72, had been hiking at Lake Irene in the northwest part of the park on Wednesday, Patterson said.
The lake is near a parking lot at an elevation of about 10,000 feet.
A 14-year-old California boy is dead after falling about one thousand feet during a Boy Scout hike in Zion National Park.
The National Park Service says Kristoffer N. Jones of Long Beach, California, fell off a cliff at Angels Landing around three o'clock yesterday. A search and rescue crew had to rappel to get to the body and the effort was suspended when it got dark.
The boy's body was recovered it at six o'clock this morning.
Serious Injuries in Major Rock Slide at Chimney Pond on Katahdin
June 27 2004, 9:36 PM
Three hikers were rescued and efforts continued Sunday to rescue a fourth following a rock slide along a trail in Baxter State Park.
Park Director Irvin "Buzz" Caverly Jr. said park officials were notified at 1 p.m. Saturday of the accident in the Chimney Pond area in the south basin of Mount Katahdin in the park. Caverly said four people were caught in a rock slide and two of them were seriously injured.
Park staff, assisted by rescue personnel, worked through Saturday night and remained at the scene the following morning. Three of those involved in the rock slide were evacuated and the fourth remained trapped in the rubble, Caverly said.
"Crews are working effectively to resolve the situation," said Caverly. http://news.mainetoday.com/apwire/D83FCIPO0-178.shtml
Mountain Lion Mauls Hiker at Johnsondale Bridge in Sequoia National Forest
June 28 2004, 7:38 PM
A small mountain lion mauled a Santa Monica woman who was hiking Saturday in the Johnsondale Bridge area of the Sequoia National Forest, north of Kernville, the California Department of Fish and Game said Sunday.
Emergency workers transported Shannon Parker, 27, to the University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center Sunday morning, and she was treated for injuries to her eyes and deep lacerations in her right thigh, said Steve Martarano, a spokesman for the California agency. At the family's request, a hospital spokeswoman would not release details about Parker's condition.
Parker was hiking at 7 p.m. Saturday, about 15 to 20 miles north of Kernville, with her boyfriend, Mathias D. Maciejewski, 28, and two friends, Jason Quirino, 30, and Ben Aaron Marsh, 15, Martarano said.
She broke away from the group to retrieve a pair of sunglasses from a vehicle, which was parked nearby. A few minutes later, her hiking partners heard screams. They found Parker struggling with the 60- to 70-pound lion. One of the men stabbed it several times with a knife, and they threw rocks at it, Martarano said. Injured and bloody, the cougar let go of Parker and left the scene. Parker's friends were not hurt, and the lion was later found and killed.
This was the 15th reported lion attack in California since 1890, Martarano said. Six of those victims were killed. The most recent lion attack occurred in January in Orange County's Santa Ana Mountains, where a man was killed while repairing his bike in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. The man was found partially eaten. Another mountain biker also was attacked by the lion but survived. People have spotted the wild animals in recent months in Los Angeles' Griffith Park and the Oak Canyon Community Park in Ventura County http://www.magicvalley.com/news/worldnation/index.asp?StoryID=9519
70 mph Surprise Winds Catch Hikers Unprepared in Franconia Range
June 28 2004, 7:41 PM
Rain squalls that blew into the Franconia Range on 70 mph winds caught several hiking parties unprepared Saturday, prompting those who assist hikers to remind people to be prepared for anything, even if it appears to be a nice summer day.
Fish and Game conservation officer Sam Sprague said yesterday that there were no injuries in the aftermath of the wind and rains, but there were some anxious hours.
“When the squalls came in, there were a number of people separated from their groups or who were overdue,” he said. “Most were able to self-recover, but we talked several people back to their groups.”
Most of those affected were along the Franconia Ridge around Mount Lafayette, which is exposed when the west winds blow. http://www.theunionleader.com/articles_showfast.html?article=39931
Mountain Lion Scare in Franklin Mountains, Texas, Rescue
June 28 2004, 7:42 PM
A rescue Saturday night on the Franklin Mountains brought four men to safety, officials said.
The combined mountain search and rescue team helped four hikers down from an area known as Anthony's Nose, where they were stranded until 8:30 p.m.
The rescue took on a heightened sense of urgency when the hikers reported seeing a mountain lion in the area. http://www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=1971872&nav=AbC0OEeZ
Bones Believed To Be Those Of Lost Hikers in September 2003 Uinta Snow
June 28 2004, 7:44 PM
The Summit County Sheriff's Office is looking into the possibility that bones found in the Middle Fork of Weber Canyon may actually be two missing hikers that disappeared last fall.
As Tonya Papanikolas tells us, recovery crews were sifting through evidence all day.
The captain says their department looked over the case and made aerial surveys... then decided to conduct a training exercise in the area, briefing searchers they could find clues about the missing hikers. And they found some potentiallly big clues. Searchers first stumbled upon an article of clothing. That discovery led to a makeshift campsite and other items.
Capt. Alan Siddoway: "ITEMS THAT YOU'D CARRY IN A PACK FOR A DAY HIKE - FIRST AID KIT, LIP BALM, CAMERA, THAT TYPE OF THING."
The bones were found scattered a little further away. This is all two miles from where the missing hikers' SUV was found. But officials say this site wasn't heavily searched in the fall. Tonya Papanikolas, Eyewitness News.
Officers have contacted the family of the missing hikers... who will wait and see what forensic evidence shows. http://tv.ksl.com/index.php?nid=39&sid=103151
Teen airlifted from Weminuche Wilderness, SW Colorado
June 29 2004, 9:26 AM
By Dan D'Ambrosio
Herald Staff Writer
A 17-year-old boy fell while hiking down a steep trail in the Weminuche Wilderness on Sunday and had to be airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Durango.
Butch Knowlton, director of emergency preparedness for La Plata County, said the boy fell on Columbine Pass, suffering an injury to a "previous medical condition" that required him to be airlifted from the Chicago Basin area. Knowlton couldn't specify what the previous medical condition was.
The boy was with a group of about 15 other people, one of whom was able to reach 911 on a satellite telephone. Knowlton said the helicopter - Air Care One from San Juan Regional Hospital in Farmington - could land only within about a mile of the injured boy because of the rugged terrain and high altitude.
Knowlton said he had to clear the landing with the U.S. Forest Service because it was in a wilderness area. He said he and members of the Forest Service were able to zero in on the location of the hikers after he talked to the group member on the satellite phone.
"He was able to describe the area," Knowlton said. "From experience, I knew pretty close to where he was, but because of the terrain and altitude, the helicopter wasn't able to land where the victim was, but had to land in a safer area farther down the canyon about a mile."
Knowlton said the trail the group was on zigzags down a steep talus slope. He said crew members from the helicopter were able to reach the boy and begin treating him, helping other members of the group carry him back to the helicopter.
The 911 call came in at 2:54 p.m. Sunday, Knowlton said, and the helicopter arrived on the scene about 45 minutes later. He said the group carrying the injured boy reached the helicopter about 7:30 p.m. and that it took about 20 minutes to fly the boy to Mercy.
"It's some of the roughest terrain in the United States," said Knowlton of the rescue area.
Officials didn't release the boy's identity, or the names of other members of the group.
5 Pakistanti Porters Drown During 50th Anniversary Climb of K-2
June 29 2004, 3:35 PM
Five Pakistani porters have drowned while taking an Italian group on an expedition to climb K-2, the world's second-highest mountain.
They were caught in a swift-moving stream while carrying luggage for the Italian team. Police haven't been able to find the bodies.
The Italians are part of two teams marking the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of K-2. They're emulating two countrymen who became the first to reach the top.
The Italians are continuing on the trip. http://www.whotv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1977584
A climber whose body was recovered from 14,092-foot Snowmass Mountain has been identified as an Arvada man.
The body of 32-year-old Mark Golden was recovered Monday on a ledge, on the Gunnison County side of Snowmass Mountain, about 1,200 to 1,500 feet below the summit.
The Gunnison County Sheriff's Office said Golden apparently had fallen more than 1,000 feet.
Authorities say Golden was reported missing Saturday by a companion who was supposed to meet him at a trailhead after Golden reached the summit.
Evidence at the top of Snowmass indicated that Golden successfully reached the summit and may have been seeking a shortcut while descending when he fell.
The rescue operation involved 31 people from six agencies in Pitkin and Gunnison counties.
A 48-year-old Saratoga man fell 300 feet off a part of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park June 23 and died.
The man, identified by park officials as Donald A. Cochrane, was visiting the park alone, according to Scott Gediman, chief of media relations for Yosemite National Park.
The incident occurred near the cables heading up to Half Dome. Cochrane apparently was on the cables and experiencing some sort of health problem, Gediman said.
Cochrane went back down to the base of the cables, then fell 300 feet onto a talus slope. One witness said Cochrane might have been attempting to take a picture.
Gediman said park dispatch received a call at 1:55 p.m. on June 23 from visitors using a cell phone at the Half Dome area saying that someone had fallen.
“At this stage, it looks accidental, but the accident is being investigated like any accident like this would,” Gediman said, who added that rangers from the National Park Service are investigating the incident.
The death is the third fatality in Yosemite this year, following a pair of deaths within a five-day span in May.
On May 9, a 27-year-old San Francisco man died after climbing a power pole, receiving an electric shock and falling 30 to 40 feet near the park’s Four-Mile Trail. On May 5, a 26-year-old Mississippi man drowned in Tenaya Creek.
British Mountaineering Gude and Roped Client Fatalities on Piz Badile in Swiss Alps
July 3 2004, 10:03 AM
British mountaineering was in shock yesterday following the death of Jules Cartwright, 29, an aspiring mountain guide regarded by his peers as one of the best climbers in the world.
Mr Cartwright was killed along with his client Julie Colverd following a fall in the Swiss Alps. Ms Colverd, 43, was also an experienced mountaineer and a police officer from Essex.
They were roped together early on Wednesday morning as they approached the foot of the Piz Badile in the Bregaglia mountains, close to the Italian border. Two climbers in their party found their bodies 150m below the path approaching the peak's north face, one of the region's most popular challenges.
Two helicopters and mountain rescue workers recovered the bodies and local police said both climbers were probably killed instantly. Patches of snow left over from winter are a known hazard early in the season but the precise cause of the fall will almost certainly remain unknown. Family members flew to Switzerland yesterday to make arrangements to bring the dead climbers home.
Mr Cartwright was the second mountain guide to die this year in a climbing accident, following the death in March of Terry Storey in the Lake District. "It's extremely rare for a guide to be killed," Nick Banks, president of the British Mountain Guides, said from Switzerland. "It is not an easy time."
John Cousins, who runs the UK's Mountain Leader Train ing Board said: "I worked on one of Jules' training courses. He was a fantastic guy."
Mr Cartwright's fame as a mountaineer was earned by climbing a sequence of tough routes far beyond the difficulties climbers face on Everest. In 2001 he reached the summit of Ama Dablam, a steep and elegant peak in Nepal, close to the world's highest mountain. The climb up the north-west ridge had defeated almost a dozen other expeditions, several of which had relied on big teams and fixed camps, regarded by experts as making the challenge more straightforward.
But Mr Cartwright and his partner, Rich Cross, climbed the peak in 10 days carrying all they needed on their backs. Many of their contemporaries regarded it as the hardest climb done by a British team in the previous decade. It won the pair a nomination for the Piolet d'Or, international mountaineering's equivalent of the Oscars. It was the second such nomination for Mr Cartwright.