Backcountry Accidents (2003 - First Quarter)

Backcountry Accidents (2003 - First Quarter)

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January 2nd, 2003, 3:31 pm #1

Backcountry accidents from September to December 2002 are posted here.
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January 2nd, 2003, 3:33 pm #2

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January 2nd, 2003, 3:34 pm #3

A 37-year-old Littleton man was killed Wednesday afternoon after he slipped off a rock ledge above Bear Creek along Colorado 74 between Morrison and Evergreen and tumbled more than 50 feet to the creek bed below. The man and a female friend were walking in the popular hiking area known locally as The Falls just before 3 p.m. when they stopped on the ledge to enjoy the view, the woman told investigators.
The man, wearing sneakers, tried to shinny up the rock face behind the narrow ledge. He slipped off the wet, icy rocks, banged against the ledge and tumbled over to the side, said Capt. Nettie Calvi, a paramedic with the Highlands Rescue Unit.
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January 2nd, 2003, 9:39 pm #4

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Police were today trying to contact the family of a Japanese man killed while trying to climb Mount Cook-Aoraki yesterday.
Another Japanese man was seriously injured when the pair fell attempting to climb Zurbriggens Ridge on the mountain and went over a bluff about noon.
Twizel police said Interpol officers were trying to contact the climbers' families today.
The accident was seen by climbers at nearby Plateau Hut, who alerted Mount Cook National Park staff and went to assist in the rescue.
Zurbriggens Ridge is a snow and ice route that is usually climbed in darkness when the snow is frozen and safer to travel on.
The weather in the area was good but conditions were very warm.
The freezing level was about 4000m - higher than the summit of Mount Cook.
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January 3rd, 2003, 5:24 pm #5

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OMACHI, Nagano -- Three climbers have died on a mountain in Nagano Prefecture, police said Friday.
Police officers trying to rescue Mitsugu Oba, 63, who had become ill after climbing the 2,696-meter-high Mount Karamatsu in Hakuba, found him and two women belonging to another party dead on the ridges of Happo on Friday. They immediately recovered their bodies.
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January 3rd, 2003, 5:26 pm #6

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GRIFFITH PARK -- A 40-year-old North Hollywood hiker was rescued from a remote part of Griffith Park on Thursday, four days after he fell down a cliff and suffered a serious head injury.
John Parker, listed in critical condition at County/USC Medical Center, said he survived eating grass and sucking dew off plants in the remote ravine, and he spent four chilly nights crying out for help, wondering when he would die and even wishing it would be soon.
The adventurous hiker got into the predicament Sunday after deciding to take a ride on his mountain bike to Griffith Park with the goal of hiking up a steep trail to the 1,700-foot peak at Mount Bell, the highest point, for a panoramic view of the city.
Mansson said Parker had to ask a group of people directions to a trail that would lead to the Hollywood sign.
After hiking to the top, he went around a gate, then slipped and fell down a ravine.
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January 3rd, 2003, 5:36 pm #7

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BROWNVILLE (AP) -- Conditions were described as extreme with ice coating the ground along the Appalachian Trail north of Brownville where a hiker suffered a fatal fall Thursday.
Authorities identified the victim as 47-year-old Jeffery Peet of Hampden.
According to the Maine Warden Service, his daughter, Dustan Peet, believed to be about 24 years old, was able to summon aid but the father succumbed before help arrived.
Maine Warden Sgt. Roger Guay estimated that Peet slid 100 feet or more off the trail following the noontime accident.
http://www.wmtw.com/Global/story.asp?S= ... v=7k6rDAeM

Brownville and Appalachian Trail on web:
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January 4th, 2003, 11:00 pm #8

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Washington was nervous about three skiiers who disappeared from Crystal Mountain about the same time as the fatal avalanche in December 2002
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Anyway, the skiiers hunkered down and rode out the bad weather and walked to safety. Here's an excerpt.
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WHITE PASS - Two Puget Sound men three days overdue from a backcountry ski trip east of Mount Rainier were found safe Friday, the Yakima County sheriff's search and rescue team said.

James Hamaker, 35, of Tacoma, and Steve Rikker, 47, of Seattle, walked out onto U.S. 12 near Dog Lake, two miles east of White Pass, about 4 p.m., said Sgt. John Durand, search and rescue coordinator.

The men told searchers that unexpectedly heavy snowfall slowed them down, although they were experienced and well-equipped.

The two men had plans to ski south along the Pacific Crest Trail to White Pass by Tuesday, said Chuck Wildman, a member of the search and rescue team.

Both Hamaker and Rikker are experienced backcountry skiers.

Search and rescue crews interviewed the men and then helped them dig their parked car out of the snow at White Pass, so they could drive home, Durand said.

Durand said the men were not lost and had not been more than a half mile off the Pacific Crest Trail at any time.
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January 7th, 2003, 8:19 pm #9

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Army and Fire Department personnel yesterday rescued an injured hiker who spent a night in Wai'anae Valley after falling down a 200-foot slope Sunday.
Albert Lowe, 58, of Punchbowl, used his cell phone to guide rescuers to his location. He was lifted off a steep slope by an Army helicopter and flown to The Queen's Medical Center, where he was in guarded condition with a broken right elbow, back and neck injuries, and cuts to the forehead.
Lowe was hiking at the 3,000-foot elevation of the Kamaile'unu Ridge trail when he fell down a 200- to 250-foot slope. Lowe was participating in a Hawai'i Trail and Mountain Club hike Sunday when he became separated from the rest of the group, Soo said.
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January 7th, 2003, 8:20 pm #10

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Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Search and Short-Haul Rescue

On the morning of December 29, Xiaochao Xu, 30, began a day hike down the Hermit Trail, advising his wife that he’d return by 5 p.m. As Xu was returning to the rim that afternoon, a severe winter snowstorm blew in and he became disoriented and lost the trail. Xu’s wife camped overnight in their vehicle at the trailhead awaiting him; when he failed to return by the following morning, she reported him as overdue. An incident investigator was immediately assigned and personnel were positioned at the trailhead in case Xu emerged. A hasty search was begun by searchers in the park helicopter and on the ground, interviews were conducted with backcountry hikers, and attraction techniques were employed. At 4 p.m., Xu’s tracks in the snow were spotted from the helicopter and he was found stranded several hundred feet below the rim near Pima Point. Xu was standing on a small ledge where he had bivouacked overnight. The low temperature that night had been three degrees below zero. Xu was wearing only minimal clothing, which had become soaked, and did not have adequate gear for the situation. Fearing that he would not survive another night in sub-freezing temperatures, search managers decided to extract Xu immediately via helicopter short-haul. The operation was made difficult by the limited remaining daylight, steep terrain with loose rock, and snowy and icy conditions. Ranger Bil Vandergraff was lowered to Xu’s location via short-haul. Xu was lifted out and taken to an ambulance at Pima Point. He was evaluated and found to be in extremely good condition considering the conditions he’d endured. Xu was located about three-quarters of a mile from the point where he’d deviated from the trail. Hunter Bailey was IC; Marc Yeston was ops chief.
[Submitted by Ken Phillips, SAR Coordinator]
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