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Climber Cited For Creating Hazardous Situation in Grand Teton National Park

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avatar Climber Cited For Creating Hazardous Situation in Grand Teton National Park
October 18, 2011 06:02PM
Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Climber Cited For Creating Hazardous Situation

Rangers have completed an investigation stemming from a search and rescue response in August that was initiated by the activation of a SPOT rescue locator. Dave Shade, 33, of Missoula, Montana, was issued a citation because his actions that day created a hazardous situation during a late-hour rescue operation to retrieve his stranded climbing partner, Jesse Selwyn of Florence, Michigan. Shade was charged with disorderly conduct. On Friday, August 19th, Shade and Selwyn intended to climb the Black Ice Couloir on the northwest side of the Grand Teton, but the two climbers could not find the entrance to the couloir and got off route, ending up on the Grandstand. After an extended discussion about how to proceed, Selwyn informed Shade that he felt he was unable to continue. Selwyn said that he believed he would become injured or die if he attempted to retrace the route they had come. He then told Shade that he was going to call for a rescue by activating the SPOT rescue locator that he was carrying. Until that time, Shade did not know that Selwyn was carrying the device. Selwyn then activated the device and rangers were notified. After they hovered over the scene in a Teton Interagency helicopter and Selwyn signaled that he desired a rescue, Shade told Selwyn that he (Shade) did not need to be rescued. Further discussion ensued and ultimately, Shade left with the party's climbing rope, made four rappels and then began to retrace his route to the Valhalla Traverse. Shade made this decision before confirming that rangers were indeed going to return to rescue Selwyn. The citation was issued because Shade assumed a rescue would occur and left his partner, taking their only climbing rope. Shade's decision created a hazardous condition for Selwyn, since at this point there was no guarantee of rescue. Selwyn was reached by rangers that night and was extracted via short haul with darkness imminently approaching. Climbers are reminded that pursuing these activities requires a high level of personal accountability and responsibility. There is no guarantee of your safety or rescue when climbing or traveling in the backcountry. Disorderly conduct is a violation under the Code of Federal Regulations 36ยง2.34(a)(4).
Re: Climber Cited For Creating Hazardous Situation in Grand Teton National Park
October 18, 2011 08:13PM
How nice of this person to leave his friend/partner alone.

"I don't need rescue, I'm better than you. You're on your own."
Re: Climber Cited For Creating Hazardous Situation in Grand Teton National Park
October 18, 2011 11:57PM
A retired Wyoming game warden always contended that you truly didn't know your friends until you have hunted with them, and I now believe that extends to climbers as well.
Re: Climber Cited For Creating Hazardous Situation in Grand Teton National Park
October 19, 2011 07:31AM
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Dearborn
A retired Wyoming game warden always contended that you truly didn't know your friends until you have hunted with them...

A retired vice president from Wyoming contends the same thing. winking smiley
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