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Great Mountain Rescue Video from Jackson Hole

post #1 of 10
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This video is about a woman's guided climb on the north and west side of the Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park last summer.  She has a bad fall in a bad spot and ends up being rescued by the Jenny Lake Climbing Ranger team.  

 

I know that a lot of EpicSki readers have climbed "The Grand" and many more of you will over the years.  While accidents like this are rare, it's really comforting to know that some of the best rescue climbers in the world are available if you need them. 

 

As you watch the video, keep in mind how much a GoPro camera lens "flattens" a slope.  It must have been scary as hell to be stuck where she was with the injuries she had.

 

post #2 of 10

Ouch,  great video.   Hope she is recovering well.   

post #3 of 10

The epitome of calm.

JF

post #4 of 10

She came in and spoke and we watched the video with additional comments during my OEC refresher this year.  Very good presentation!  I'm also friends with Stephen and am not at all surprised to see his professionalism in action.

 

Those Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers are the real deal!  Our Pro Patrol Director at Snow King is a JLCR and is one of the most studdly guys I've ever met.  He is also humble and leads by example.  I worked with him for a couple of years before I realized what a bad ass he really is.

post #5 of 10

Great video, thanks for posting it Bob.  The climbing rangers are super-cool pros, and that helicopter pilot also deserves a shout-out - he nailed the short haul.

post #6 of 10

So calm! She's tougher than most guys will ever be. My hat goes off to Stephen, the Climbing Rangers, the pilot(s), and all involved. Those guys rock.

post #7 of 10

That reminds me, there's a story about the Grand Teton rescue mission / tragedy from last year in Sports Illustrated this week.

 

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1188183/index.htm

post #8 of 10

Wow, just wow!

Edit, I just watched it again to take it all in and am amazed 

 

To quote Bob Peters above:

 

 

Quote:
 It must have been scary as hell to be stuck where she was with the injuries she had.

It must have been scary as hell without injuries, but to hold your cool and collected like she did stuck with(or without) those injuries was beyond amazing!

I'd love to meet her some day!

 


Edited by Trekchick - 7/16/11 at 4:20pm
post #9 of 10

That's not so much calm as embarrassment and apologetic remorse, as I see it. Her partner knew to keep her talking. smart. prevent shock.

 

Take away (from last years saga): don't be rigid with plans. flex with conditions. lay on your pad and just be there. you don't have to do anything. just a thought.

post #10 of 10

I remember that day last summer very clearly.  I woke up at my house in town hearing loud thunder at 8:00am.  I was painting outdoors that day and quit and went back to it a few times that day as the pods moved around.  It would get very violent and scary and then seem good for a few hours before it started again.  As I said before, I was on the valley floor and was worried about working with an aluminum ladder before noon.  Even in-between pods you could see black sky all around you.  This was before lunch and lasted well into the evening.  I really had a hard time believing that people were actually attempting to climb that day.  It's sad that those people got caught, but it was clearly a bad day to attempt to summit and anyone who couldn't see that wasn't paying attention.  There was a reason why the guided groups were off and most other groups aborted.  IMO they got off a lot easier than they might have due to the skill of the JLCR staff and the risks they were willing to take.  I was surprised that only one person lost their life in those circumstances.

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