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Bears Ears National Monument, San Juan, UT, USA

37.4634373°N, -109.7591919°W

Posted on May 21, 2019 by Marlo

What happened?

I was backpacking in Bears Ears National Monument, a remote area of red rock canyons in SE Utah, along with five others. We were halfway through a 3-day, 24-mile point-to-point trip. While hiking through an area of vegetation, my shoe caught on something, my left ankle rolled, and I lost my balance. My right ankle twisted and contorted as I fell, and we all heard a “snap!” I was unable to bear any weight on the right leg. Given my left ankle was injured, I couldn’t hop on the trail even with others’ support. I crawled to a seasonal stream bed and immersed both feet. 

A companion activated my ACR ResQLink beacon. Coincidentally, he also had an ACR beacon which he activated and set beside mine. Others in the group spread a space blanket nearby and speculated about whether a helicopter would be able to land due to trees and bushes in the area. Two hours later, I was astounded to hear, and see, a helicopter overhead. 

I was airlifted to the closest emergency room, a 40-minute route. My right leg is fractured and both ankles incurred significant sprains. The beacon provided a welcome sense of security following the injury. It took companions 7 hours to hike out an alternate route and hitchhike to a parked vehicle. Without the beacon, a rescue would not have commenced until the following day. 

The ACR beacon is the best investment in backcountry gear. I take all possible precautions to avert an emergency and will only activate a beacon in a true Mayday situation. Seeing that helicopter overhead is a sight I won’t soon forget!

Words of wisdom

The unexpected can happen at any time. Be prepared. 

Thank you note

Thank you to the ACR Team for producing this lifesaving piece of gear!

Rescue location

Bears Ears National Monument, San Juan, UT, USA

Rescue team

Local Search and Rescue

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It may be small, but it's tough. The ResQLink™ PLB Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is a GPS-enabled rescue beacon that's suited for outdoor adventures of all sizes (think: everything from hiking and cycling to hunting and fishing). Should you run into an unexpected situation, the ResQLink PLB will relay your location to a network of search and rescue satellites. PLBs have helped save thousands of people's lives. This Product Has Been Discontinued.    WARNING: PROP 65    

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