Ranger Kathryn's Arches

May 11, 2011

Handy to know our rescue routes

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 7:45 pm
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Folks canyoneer up here above Park Avenue. Imagine trying to lower someone with a broken leg, as was recently done.

Today six of us RMVP (Resource Management & Visitor Protection) staff scoped out several entrance/egress routes for canyoneering in the park. In case of an accident, which is a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if,’ we need to know where folks are using climbing ropes inside our boundaries, and we need to be aware of helicopter LZs (landing zones) if a major rescue is needed.

Half of the law enforcement rangers on duty here are seasonal (six-month) hires, and for all of them it happens to be their first season at Arches NP. This makes it especially important that they be taken to places where a difficult rescue might occur.

I appreciate being granted training hours and getting out in the field for things like this. The rainstorms in the outlying areas of the park made it even more exciting. I’m waiting for the first big flash flood of the year…

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