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Rescue in Ding/Dang

Discussion in 'Accidents and Near Misses' started by sail2fast, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. sail2fast

    sail2fast

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  2. Kuenn

    Kuenn

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    References to Goblin Valley often drift my thoughts to other failures in that vicinity. Meandering around the "goblins" and greater area may appear less intimidating to the novice, but there are dangers afoot (no pun) for the naive and careless.

    Teaser (53 year old Colorado woman found)
    Article here
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  3. ratagonia

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    This was yet another case of someone trying to do the Little Wild Horse - Bell Canyon hiking/scrambling route and missing the turn for LWH, and wandering around the back of the reef looking for the return canyon. This used to be a common problem. Even though it is outside their technical jurisdiction, Goblin Valley State Park has worked with the BLM to improve maps and signage, and the number of lost hiker events has decreased dramatically.

    A big thumbs up to the State Park persons for taking this on and being successful.

    Tom

    EDIT: uh, no. Not sure why I said this other than impulse-post, but no, this person very specifically chose the Ding Dang Loop.
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  4. Canyonero

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    Holladay said the rescue might cause him to be a little more cautious about hiking in the future, but maybe not. He said he was very thankful for the rescue crews.

    Thus we see why trauma is a chronic illness with frequent acute exacerbations.
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  5. ratagonia

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    Job security for Canyonero.

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  6. hank moon

    hank moon lovely ligatures

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    Backpacker.com has an article on this incident: https://www.backpacker.com/survival/trapped-in-a-canyon-with-a-broken-leg

    Fodder for discussion: the "Key Skills" found at the end of the article:

    Key Skills: Stay Safe in the Slots
    Do your research.

    Check the weather (change plans if there’s any rain forecast over the canyon’s drainage) and read multiple trip reports before you go. Nathan Martinez, Goblin Valley State Park assistant manager and the first on the scene of Holladay’s rescue, recommends perusing online forums like candition.com for recent conditions reports.

    Leave a note. Cell service is scarce in canyons. Devices that use satellites can be better, but the safest option is to leave your itinerary with a reliable friend.

    Pack the essentials. Bring a handline (50 feet of 7mm cordelette or 1-inch tubular webbing) for short drops (check local LNT ethics before leaving lines behind). Wear grippy shoes, and pack layers in a drybag.

    Get unstuck. Need to climb slickrock? If you can, buddy up: A partner assist—like a leg-up or an extra hand—can often provide a sufficient boost, Martinez says. Not enough? Tie a heavy pack (or several) to a cord and throw it up over the lip of the drop. The weight and friction can provide enough counterforce to let you haul yourself up the rope.
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  7. cjhaines

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    I think I would add "Don't go solo in canyons, especially when you're unsure of the canyon or your skills." Or ever.

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