Backcountry Accidents/Rescues - Second Quarter 2003 (part 2)

Backcountry Accidents/Rescues - Second Quarter 2003 (part 2)

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May 9th, 2003, 2:38 pm #1

Since Aron Ralston was extensively discussed in the second quarter 2003 section, I'm starting a part 2.

Second Quarter 2003 accidents are here:
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First Quarter 2003 accidents are here:
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Fourth Quarter 2002 accidents are here:
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May 9th, 2003, 2:39 pm #2

I am posting May 2003 accidents/rescues here.
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May 9th, 2003, 2:41 pm #3

Yosemite National Park (CA)
Rescue from El Capitan


On the evening of May 4th, Scott Ring, 25, of Wilmington, New York, fell 30 feet while climbing the seventh pitch of the Zodiac, a big wall route on El Capitan, with his partner Cam McKenzie. Ring struck a ledge during the fall, fracturing his pelvis. Despite pain that he described as nine on a scale of ten, he began rappelling off the cliff. At 9 p.m., he used his cell phone to call a friend living in Yosemite, who alerted the park. The park rescue team hiked half a mile up the steep talus slope to the base of the route and prepared to climb to Ring's assistance. Ring, however, managed to continue his descent all the way to the ground, a process that necessitated passing a knot joining his ropes while hanging in a waterfall in the dark. Park medics treated Ring with IV fluid and morphine for his pain, and the team carried him down the slope, reaching the road at 2:20 a.m. Ring was transported by ground ambulance to the Mariposa airport, then flown to Memorial Hospital in Modesto by Mediflight helicopter. He was released later the same day to convalesce at home. Twenty-three rescuers participated in the incident, most of them required for the carryout.
[Submitted by John Dill, Incident Commander]
http://data2.itc.nps.gov/morningreport/ ... F09%2F2003
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May 13th, 2003, 2:43 pm #4

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A 36-year old British climber died while trying to scale Mount Baruntse, a 7129-metre Himalayan mountain east of Mount Everest, Nepal's tourism ministry said yesterday.
The ministry said Michael Turner, an information technology consultant from Northampton, fell on Sunday when the climbing rope to which he was attached snapped.
It was the first death reported in the Nepal Himalayas this climbing season. This year a record number of climbers are expected to try to reach the top of Everest to mark the 50th anniversary of the first climb of the world's highest mountain.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/05/ ... 88897.html

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May 13th, 2003, 2:50 pm #5

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Park rangers and Montrose County sheriff's officers on Monday rescued a climber who had been stranded overnight after he was injured in the Cruise Gully area of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Park dispatcher Jorge Maldonado said the climber had a minor accident on the 2,025-foot wall and needed to be raised about 1,600 feet to the north rim of the canyon.
Cruise Gully is a popular point for rock climbers.
The injured climber was on a difficult route for experienced climbers only.
Adding to its difficulty is that the area is notorious for poison ivy vines.
One group of climbers on the Internet described it as "Yosemite for grownups."
http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/state ... 89,00.html
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May 15th, 2003, 1:39 pm #6

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The body of a Shelton hiker was found in a rugged area of Mount Washington on Wednesday.
Joel McLin, 22, had left home early Tuesday afternoon for a day hike in the Olympic National Forest, Mason County Sheriff Steve Whybark said.
About 40 people were searching for McLin when his body was found about 20 miles northwest of Shelton. He fell about 900 feet while climbing Mount Washington.
http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20 ... 6706.shtml
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May 15th, 2003, 1:40 pm #7

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A SENIOR Victorian policeman has died attempting to climb the world's sixth highest mountain, Tibet's Cho Oyu, Victoria Police has said.

Inspector Paul Carr, officer-in-charge of the Special Operations Group, was with a group of climbers, including three other police officers, who were training to climb Mt Everest next year.
Victoria Police said details surrounding the tragedy remained unclear, but it was believed Insp Carr, 42, became ill on the 8,201 metre mountain, on the Nepal-Tibet border, and died some time within the past 24 hours.
The Mt Everest expedition, which he was in training for, will raise money for the "Make-A-Wish Foundation" which attempts to fulfil the dreams of seriously ill children.
http://www.timesoftibet.tibetsearch.com ... 1342.shtml
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May 15th, 2003, 1:44 pm #8

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Big Bend National Park (TX)
Mountain Lion Attack
On May 13th, a 30-year-old hiker encountered a mountain lion in an open area while hiking the mile-long Chisos Basin Loop Trail. Over a 20-minute period, the lion approached him three times as he backed down the trail away from the animal. He threw stones and shouted at it, but it was not deterred. The lion subsequently attacked him and brought him to the ground. While on the ground, the hiker was able to strike the lion in the head with a rock, ending the attack. He suffered puncture wounds on one leg and one hand, but was able to hike to the Chisos Basin Visitor Center to report the attack. He was treated by a Park Medic and released. The injuries were not serious enough to require transportation to a hospital. Rangers closed the trail system in the Chisos Basin and began a search for the animal. A dog team trained for lion tracking has been brought into the park to assist in locating the animal.
[Submitted by Mark Spier, Chief Ranger]
http://data2.itc.nps.gov/morningreport/ ... F15%2F2003
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May 15th, 2003, 2:03 pm #9

Outside magazine just posted an article on the resurgence of mountain lions:
http://outsidemag.com/link_tracking/lt_ ... ker_1.html

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May 16th, 2003, 2:10 pm #10

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A sweeping search for an Easton man missing in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area ended tragically Thursday with the discovery of his body in a ravine.
Officials at the recreation area said the body of Ian Shriver, 31, of West Lincoln Street, was discovered by a search team shortly after noon.
The body was found in an area of the sprawling park known as Slateford Gorge, about a quarter-mile from National Park Drive, said Bill Halainen, a spokesman for the recreation area.
http://www.pennlive.com/news/expresstim ... 151160.xml

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