Rangers short-haul injured climber from Grand National Park Service National park Buckrail - Jackson Hole, news

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Grand Teton National Park rangers conducted a helicopter-based rescue of a climber who was seriously injured while descending the Grand Teton. The rescue effort began at 4:16 pm Friday, August 19 when rangers received a call from a member of the injured climber’s party.

Evan Pack, 33, of Lehi, Utah summited the Grand Teton and was beginning to descend the mountain when he lost his footing on a downclimb and fell approximately 20 feet. He suffered serious injuries requiring evacuation from near 13,770-foot summit.

As the 911 call came in, the interagency contract helicopter was headed to Yellowstone National Park to assist an injured hiker on Avalanche Peak. Once that hiker was flown to safety, the helicopter returned to Grand Teton National Park and deposited two rangers who were on-board at the Lower Saddle below the Grand Teton.

The climbing rangers configured for short-haul and the helicopter returned to the Lower Saddle to fly the rangers to the location of the accident. The rangers provided emergency medical assistance, prepared Pack for the short-haul flight, and loaded him into a rescue litter. One ranger then flew with Pack to the Lupine Meadows Rescue Cache at 7:04 pm. Pack was transferred to an Air Idaho Rescue helicopter and flown to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, ID.

The other ranger assisted the remaining four members of Pack’s party with the descent from the Grand Teton to the Lower Saddle.

Pack’s condition is not known at this time.