PLB Recovers Lost Young Hikers in Utah Canyons
Posted on August 4, 2022 by Paul
We took a group of 17 young men and 3 adults on a multiple day campout that would include several slot canyon hikes with rappelling. On day 2 of the camp, we mixed up directions and entered into a slot canyon different than what we had planned and little did we know, this was an “impossible” canyon to pass. About 2 hours into the canyon we realized we were stuck with no passage forward or back. Thank goodness we were carrying a personal locator beacon.
We knew people were coming to camp later in the day, but we were worried they would not know where to find us because we were in a different canyon than planned. About 12 hours went by and we started to worry that we would not be found. We activated the ACR personal locator beacon and sat tight for help. Search and rescue arrived in the morning and was able to airlift each of the boys and adults out of the “hole”. Knowing that help was on the way, gave these boys hope and peace that they would be ok. Because of the assurance, this turned a potentially devastating experience into an inconvenience that the boys knew they would survive. The boys were in surprisingly good shape when they were rescued.
Special thanks to Search and Rescue for their professionalism and skill. These men were true heros to these 17 boys (and us).
Words of wisdom
Let people know where you are going! If you are going in a slot canyon, you may consider having one member of the group stay at camp incase you don’t come out.
Always pack like you are going to spend the night. Take a little extra water, flashlight, and food with you.
Get a satellite mapping app (like OnX) that gives you the ability to know where you are even without cell service and mark ahead of time your trails.
Thank you note
What peace of mind I have knowing that if something goes south, like in this situation, then we can get help. Thank you for having this service available and for helping these boys stay calm in a difficult situation.
Local Search and Rescue
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