“One of the groups that required a rescue had disregarded and mocked a ranger’s advice when they picked up their permit to visit The Subway, according to a press release from Zion National Park.
“The ranger recommended they bring a rope and multiple harnesses for at least one of the rappels, but the leader of the group, who had been there before, said that they could cross the log and find an easier way down,” reads the press release.
The ranger told them that the log had washed out last year and once again recommended the gear, but the group dismissed the information and started the 9.5-mile hike without ropes or harnesses.” – St George News
Finally. As a blogger, the shortage of nincompoop national park news is noticeable this summer. With bated breath I’ve been waiting for a story like this one that is almost guaranteed to happen 5 times in a normal summer.
But this summer, tourists have been acting uncharacteristicly responsible. Maybe it’s a hangover from our crazy national park summer last year (*evidenced here and here) but Jerry is acting more like Joseph in 2018.
But then you get a story like this one. A group ignores a ranger’s sincere advice, even telling them their planned route into the popular route known as ‘The Subway‘ was no longer possible. But does that stop them? HELL NO! They’re on a mission from God and they’re going to get in that damn canyon come hell or flash flood.
(Post 8 of 9) For World Ranger Day we would like to recognize our Law Enforcement Team! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Law Enforcement Rangers in Zion National Park are responsible for visitor and resource protection. They respond to emergency situations, emergency medical calls, search and rescue (SAR) cases and much more. Due to the park's topography and slot canyons, the SAR team not only performs technical rope rescues but also uses a helicopter shortfall program with assistance from the Grand Canyon. All law enforcement staff are medically trained at a minimum of Emergency Medical Technician with over half of the staff members trained as Paramedics. The SAR team also includes Rangers from other divisions who work alongside Law Enforcement Rangers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I like to say I have one of the best jobs in the world. Half my days are spent wandering and protecting some of the most spectacular places this planet has to offer, the other half is spent helping people. No two days are the same and it makes everyday a new adventure. Knowing I am defending some of the greatest treasures in our country and keeping wilderness wild is a sense of satisfaction and pride that is indescribable" -LE Ranger LUPTON ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #worldrangerday NPS Photos / Andrew Fitzgerald, Daniel Fagergren
But before they could, the group decided to jump the canyon’s 5-7 foot precipice and descend from the other side. But before they could get down, one of their group sustained a knee injury during the jump– thus requiring a helicopter rescue the next day.
Can you imagine what the rescuer must have been thinking as he had to spend the whole night with someone who knowingly ignored a Ranger’s advice and basically ruined what could have been a chill night on call? In the word’s of one of the first viral videos– UNFORGIVEABLE!
Find the entire St George News article here: Zion National Park visitors rescued after mocking rangers, hiking The Subway unprepared