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Hiker Rescued from Hidden Canyon

Zion National Park (UT) Hiker Rescued From Hidden Canyon On June 8th, a 30-year-old visitor from the Netherlands fell approximately 10 feet onto his head while down-climbing a slick rock section along the Hidden Canyon route. A visitor who was in the vicinity of the fall ran out to the entrance of the canyon and located another visitor at with cell service to report the incident. A technical rescue operation began that involved 27 park staff. Responders carried the man over difficult terrain out to the mouth of the canyon in a litter. Once carried out of the steep-walled, narrow section of the route, Grand Canyon’s helicopter and flight crew were able to short-haul him from a high ridge to a waiting NPS ambulance. [Submitted by Brandon Torres, Canyon District Ranger]  

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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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