Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued an Olympia, Wash., man who became stranded on the Middle Teton was rescued by Grand Teton National Park rangers earlier this week.
 
Eric Rohner, 27, intended a solo summit of the Middle Teton on Monday, July 9, but traveled off route and became ‘cliffed out’ meaning he ended up in a location from which he did not feel he could safely get down, according to National Park Service officials.


Rohner called a 911 just after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, and rangers who spoke with him determined he had enough food and water, as well as appropriate gear and extra clothing, to spend the night on the Middle Teton. Rescue operations began at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday as two rangers started hiking at first light.


They weren’t able to locate Rohner from the ground, but a Teton Interagency contract helicopter was scheduled to be at Lupine Meadows for short-haul training, so rangers routed the chopper to search for the lost climber.


Rangers and the helicopter pilot determined the best rescue plan was to short-haul Rohner from his location to a landing zone in the South Fork of Garnet Canyon. From there, park rangers escorted Rohner out of the canyon.


Short-haul is a rescue technique where an individual is suspended below the helicopter on a 100 to 200 foot rope. This method allows a rescuer more direct access to an injured party, and it is often used in the Teton Range where conditions make it difficult to land a helicopter in the steep and rocky terrain. This is the third major search and rescue in the mountain for summer 2012.