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SPOT Call for help leads to rescue, fine

Postby Kai » Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:45 pm

Didn't see this posted before. Apologies if I missed it.

LANDER — A climber whose partner activated his SPOT locator device and triggered what is believed to be the first rescue in Grand Teton National Park activated by the emergency GPS device was fined for disorderly conduct.
Dave Shade, 33, of Missoula, Mont., left his climbing partner, Jesse Selwyn, of Florence, Mich., on the Grand Teton Aug. 19 after Selwyn called for rescue, but before rangers arrived on scene.
The two planned to climb the Black Ice Couloir on the northwest side of the Grand Teton, a press release from the park said. The two climbers couldn’t find the couloir’s entrance, got off route and ended up on a feature called the Grandstand. After discussing how to proceed, Selwyn said he thought he would be injured or die if they tried to retrace their route.
Selwyn activated his SPOT. A SPOT is a satellite global positioning device that when activated can send an emergency signal with your location. Rangers hovered over the scene in a helicopter where Selwyn signaled he needed rescue. Shade told Selwyn he didn’t need rescue and left with the party’s climbing rope, before confirming rangers were going to be able to return to rescue Selwyn.
Rangers cited Shade because he left his partner, taking their only climbing rope. Selwyn was left without a guaranteed rescue. Rangers reached him and removed him from the mountain via short-haul, or clipped underneath a helicopter, as darkness quickly approached
Shade’s charge of disorderly conduct carries a $110 fine, said Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, a park spokeswoman. Fines are rarely given in rescue situations, she said. But Shade’s action created a hazardous situation, forcing rangers to perform a late-hour rescue. Rescue is not guaranteed in the backcountry.
This year rangers responded to two rescues called in via SPOT locators, but they weren’t in Grand Teton National Park, Anzelmo-Sarles. Rangers believe this rescue is the first one in the park boundaries triggered by a SPOT locator, Anzelmo-Sarles said.
While some national parks have struggled with SPOT rescues, because people activate their SPOTs accidentally or for superficial reasons, it hasn’t been an issue in Grand Teton, she said.
SPOT locators can also be used to “check in” or send a loved one a signal they are OK. Most of the calls rangers in Grand Teton receive regarding the locators are family members worried because a loved one in the backcountry didn’t use the device to check in, Anzelmo-Sarles said. Usually the backcountry person had simply forgotten.


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Re: SPOT Call for help leads to rescue, fine

Postby Marmaduke » Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:22 pm

Maybe The Chief can speak to this but seems that the one climber (Selwyn) was just taking the easy way out, He wan't injured and wasn't willing to climb with his partner to their desired destination. It seems as if the one climber Shade) didn't want to be involved with a "rescue" that wasn't one so he left his partner. Although I can understand the reasons for not leaving, it seems to me Mr Shade should just be reprimanded is all for leaving. And there is no mention of any fines against Selwyn for activating his SPOT in a non-rescue situation.
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Re: SPOT Call for help leads to rescue, fine

Postby TimB » Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:55 pm

Glad to hear the SPOT worked as designed, anyway.

I have heard about a lot of malfunctions or simply not functioning at all, with the 1st gen. SPOT.

The 2nd generation sounds like it works better.
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Re: SPOT Call for help leads to rescue, fine

Postby Bill Reed » Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:14 pm

Wondered what would happen if you hit that button!!
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Re: SPOT Call for help leads to rescue, fine

Postby Buz Groshong » Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:23 pm

Marmaduke wrote:Maybe The Chief can speak to this but seems that the one climber (Selwyn) was just taking the easy way out, He wan't injured and wasn't willing to climb with his partner to their desired destination. It seems as if the one climber Shade) didn't want to be involved with a "rescue" that wasn't one so he left his partner. Although I can understand the reasons for not leaving, it seems to me Mr Shade should just be reprimanded is all for leaving. And there is no mention of any fines against Selwyn for activating his SPOT in a non-rescue situation.


When I saw the title, that's what I thought the fine was about. They probably should have fined both of them; hard to tell though if you weren't there.
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Re: SPOT Call for help leads to rescue, fine

Postby Kai » Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:09 pm

I wonder if these two had climbed together much prior to this.
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Re: SPOT Call for help leads to rescue, fine

Postby MoapaPk » Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:35 pm

Kai wrote:I wonder if these two had climbed together much prior to this.


I wonder if they will climb together much after this.
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