This evening at approximately 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, WCSART received a 911 call from a lost hiker. The hiker was from Texas and could not describe the trail he was on or where he had parked his vehicle. We were able to make cellular contact with him and gain a coordinate using google maps (the individual had deleted his compass app and did not have enough service to re-download it). A team member was then able to provide a heading remotely to get the very happy Texan back to his vehicle.
Rescue season never stops for WCSART. Today, the team was busy conducting a rope rescue training for some of our newest team members. These fresh volunteers got an opportunity to get a leg up and “learn the ropes” from instructors and seasoned rescuers before our upcoming Technical Rope Rescue certification course.Read More
During our second mission on Friday, WCSART was called to Muir Valley in response to a climbing accident. A climber on Ohio Climbing, a 5.8 sport route at Bruise Brothers Crag, took an awkward pendulum fall between the final bolt and the anchors. As a result of the arrested fall, the climber sustained lower leg injuries. WCSART packaged the patient and transported them to the trailhead where they self transported to a hospital.Read More
At approximately 2:15 pm this afternoon, WCSART responded to a female hiker on Rock Bridge Trail with a non-ambulatory injury to her right leg. Team members accessed and packaged the patient before evacuating her back to the trailhead. During the carryout, multiple low-angle belays were necessary. A special thanks to Red STAR Wilderness EMS for lending a mutual aid hand today and Breathitt-Wolfe EMS INC. for transporting the hiker to definitive care.Read More
Yesterday, WCSART got together for a “Gear Day” where we inspect crucial pieces of equipment, organize rope bags, and accomplish other tasks around our bay. We also took this opportunity to provide some basic training in rope rescue gear for team members. Operating a successful wilderness rescue team doesn’t begin and end at the trailhead; it involves countless hours of work behind the scenes so we can always stay ready. (Note: All team members present have been fully vaccinated against COVID)Read More
Just before 3:00 p.m. this afternoon WCSART responded to a female hiker on Rock Bridge Trail (#207) with lower leg injuries. Team members were able to stabilize the subject’s injuries and package her in a rescue litter for carry out. After reaching the trailhead the subject self transported to a hospital with the assistance of her fiancé. A huge thank you to the U.S.Forest Service employees and interns who were working nearby and lent a hand on the carryout.Read More
The backcountry has the allure of fewer people, less hustle-bustle, and clear starry nights that show stars abound.
But what can we do when things don’t go as planned…
Wolfe County Search and Rescue would prefer not to be involved in your hike out. However, with the backcountry becoming more popular and with an increase in new campers traveling in for a night or two of camping, injuries seem to be on the rise.Read More