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Injured Hiker Short-Hauled Out Of Subway Route

From the NPS Morning Report on 9/21/10: On Saturday, September 19th, a 20-year-old hiker from Boise sustained an unstable ankle injury when she jumped eight to ten feet off an obstacle along the Subway Route. Ranger/medic Ray O’Neil and Dan Hovanec hiked in six miles, stabilized her injury, and spent the night with the injured hiker. Rangers Kelsey Taylor and Derrick Fassbender hiked in additional equipment and escorted the rest of the hiking group out in the dark that evening. On Sunday, Grand Canyon’s helicopter and flight crew short-hauled the woman out of the Subway Route to a waiting ambulance. In the area where the incident occurred, a bolted anchor is available to rappel or hand-line down. Despite discouraging the practice, jumping to negotiate obstacles continues to be a frequent cause of injury while canyoneering in Zion. Contact Information Name: Brandon Torres, Canyon District Ranger I am absolutely certain the hiker in question here did not intend to interrupt everyone’s life so much on this day. My question always is, “Why did she think she didn’t need a rope?” Two possibilities: a) she simply didn’t know there would be vertical obstacles, and b) somebody suggested she would not need one. … Continue reading

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NPS Rescue Canyoneer Stuck in Pandora’s Box

Sometimes people don’t quite fit through a section of slot canyon. Granted, often people don’t think they will fit, only to prove themselves wrong with enough grunting, squeezing, crawling, writhing, undressing, greasing, and sucking in. But on occasion, after all the maneuvering and masticating, you can find yourself just plain stuck. What to do then? If you wait long enough, you will eventually become thinner. But since that idea is admittedly unpleasant, most pursue other options. The following report comes from a recent NPS Morning Report, detailing the quasi-self-rescue two canyoneers carried out when one of them didn’t fit through a portion of Pandora’s Box. Sounds like these guys knew what they were doing, but didn’t anticipate the problem they ran into. Regardless, kudos to Partner 1 for finding help, and to Partner 2 for spending a long, probably cold night alone while waiting for help to arrive. If you’re curious to see more of Pandora’s Box, check out this Latest Rave from 2007. Capitol Reef National Park (UT) Canyoneer Rescued From Pandora’s Box On Monday, September 6th, rangers rescued a canyoneer who was unable to complete his planned route due to an inability to make it through a narrow … Continue reading

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