By Jim Stanford on August 22, 2011
The sight of choppers buzzing the Teton peaks is becoming almost a daily occurrence.
Last week Kelsey Dayton of the Casper Star-Tribune reported that rangers were nearing a record tally for major rescues in Grand Teton National Park. With two more helicopter operations this weekend, the park has tied the record, with 30 so far this year.
The latest incidents involve climbers from out of town, one of whom got lost on the Grand Teton and requested a rescue, and the other a woman who sustained likely severe injuries from a fall in Death Canyon. The park news blog has details.
Last year, park rangers undertook 17 major rescues — defined as costing more than $500 — and in 2009 made 16, Dayton reported. Using a helicopter costs $800 per hour, so every chopper mission is a major incident.
Also, lightning has sparked the Red Rock Fire in the Gros Ventre Wilderness, 6 miles from Slide Lake. The fire blew up Sunday and is estimated at 950 acres.
(Photo via GTNP)