Both callouts were individuals concerned about parties who had not returned home after a planned hike on Friday. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

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. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.