TSCAR responds to two missing hiking parties in one night

TETON COUNTY, Wyo. — On Friday, Teton County Search and Rescue (TCSAR) responded to two separate evening callouts on the west side of the Tetons. Both incidents were individuals concerned about parties who had not returned home after a planned hike.

The first call came in at 6:25 p.m. on July 16, from an Idaho Falls man who said his sister and her two daughters were late returning from Darby Canyon. They had apparently planned to hike up to the Wind Cave, enter partway and come back out. They were five hours late from when they had planned to arrive back home.

Soon after, a TSCAR member who lives in Teton Valley responded to the trailhead and found the overdue party at their vehicle. The hike had taken longer than anticipated and all members of the party were safe.

That same night at 11 p.m., Search and Rescue received a second call from a woman reporting her sister and brother-in-law were overdue and possibly lost after hiking Table Mountain.

TSCAR sent two light and fast teams, one up the Face Trail and another up North Teton Trail. The volunteers arrived at the trailhead at 1 a.m. and set out into the dark. At 1:54 a.m., the team on the North Teton Trail had found the lost hikers, who were unhurt but very relieved to see help had arrived.

“The volunteers then escorted the hikers out to the trailhead and everyone called it a night,” said TCSAR in a post to Instagram. 

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who recently made Jackson home. Born and raised in Connecticut, she enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. She is most passionate about delivering and pursuing stories that directly impact the lives of individuals in the community. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.

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