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I did not think I would be found

Name McGee
Product Name ResQLink™ PLB
Date of Rescue 05/07/2017
Saved By Chelan County Sheriff's Department, Chelan County Mountain Rescue, and NAS Whidbey Island SAR
Beacon Purchased From Backcountry.com
Lives Saved 1

I was rescued by helicopter from 8400ft on the north ridge of Colchuck peak. I originally planned a Dragontail-Colchuck linkup, ascending the Colchuck Glacier to climb the southern slopes of the two peaks, and descending Asgard Pass. I had also studied the beta for the North Buttress Couloir. I felt good as I approached the climb and decided to go for it. I got off route. Instead of arriving at the NW slope, I ascended steeper and steeper gullies trending east. Not confident that I could descend safely, I continued up - climbing more and more committing steps, each leading to short sections of more promising terrain. It was spectacular climbing, but foolhardy. I got to a point where I could no longer ascend safely, and I could not safely descend. I was in over my gear, my head. I did not think I would be found. Unhurt, but stuck, I activated my PLB (around 11am). I was rescued just before the sun went down around 8pm.. I owe it to my family, friends, and to their families. I didn't take any pictures. This one is of some faces I love and who helped coordinate my rescue.

Thank you!