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rescue incident in alaska with SPOT
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eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
rescue incident in alaska with SPOT on 04/30/2013 10:43:15 MDT Print View

The two climbers had a SPOT device, a global positioning system messenger that can be used to send satellite messages, but McRae wasn't able to get a signal to send a message until the next morning so the two climbers had to spend the night in the tent. Sterns was in a tremendous amount of pain the whole time, McRae said.

more at link ...

Edited by bearbreeder on 04/30/2013 10:43:49 MDT.

Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
"rescue incident in alaska with SPOT" on 04/30/2013 11:35:08 MDT Print View

SPOT rescues are getting more common up here. And generally it's with good cause - an accident that leaves someone injured or without the means to self-rescue such as this incident, or a plane crash, or a flipped boat. We don't hear a lot of frivolous rescues, and hopefully it stays that way. Even once you've called for rescue, it is likely to take hours in a best case scenario and days in a worst (IE, really bad weather prevents helicopters from flying). We're fortunate up here to have a local Air Force Pararescue squadron that does a lot of the rescues, and also the Army National Guard. They even do rotations on Denali (AKA Mt. McKinley) for high altitude rescues.

Paul Mason
(dextersp1) - F
Do your homework on 04/30/2013 12:04:52 MDT Print View

I went with Find Fast.

Compare the technical specs between Spot and other PLBs - sat'l used etc.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Deep Frreze
Re: Do your homework on 04/30/2013 12:23:00 MDT Print View

An Acr user here, also have a sat phone.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
how on 04/30/2013 14:46:23 MDT Print View

So how do you do that descent with someone so incapacitated? Rappel yourself down then hope they're still conscious to push themselves off to be belayed?

rOg w
(rOg_w) - F

Locale: rogwilmers.wordpress
deleted on 04/30/2013 15:24:52 MDT Print View


Edited by rOg_w on 06/17/2013 20:16:10 MDT.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
rapping on 04/30/2013 23:57:27 MDT Print View

there are several options to get someone down

you can do a tandem rappel, a counterbalance rappel, lower the person first, etc ... it all depends on the situation

if youre on a more remote wall, you should know and practice these skills beforehand

Jason Torres
(burytherails) - F

Locale: Texas
SPOT rescue on 05/02/2013 15:13:22 MDT Print View

Unfortunate incident. Sounds like his partner had the skills to get him down safely. Good to hear he made it out alive.

Not sure as to the reliability of SPOT. Anyone have any real life experience with SPOT? I wonder if his partner tried to get to a clearing or some elevation to try and get signal? Did he try and send for rescue while on the wall?

Really, assessing the injured is key here to getting down quickly and safely. Broken foot is vastly different from an almost unconscience partner. Then based on the assessment, you rappel using the best method.

Edited by burytherails on 05/02/2013 15:17:19 MDT.