A Salt Lake City couple that got turned around in a remote and rugged section of Grand Canyon National Park has been found. Park rangers plan to interview them today to find out exactly what happened.
Alan Humphreys and Iris Faraklas were located about 5 p-m Wednesday in the Royal Arch area on the western end of the park. They had been missing in the area since Saturday. The couple was tired but otherwise in good condition. They were flown by helicopter to the South Rim Helibase where they refused any medical treatment and were reunited with family members.
A search of the 45-mile-long Royal Arch route and surrounding area was initiated soon after the couple was reported overdue Sunday. Search efforts included aerial searches, three teams of ground searchers and one technical rope team.
The Royal Arch route, while popular with more experienced Grand Canyon travelers, is a difficult route. Like many of the routes in the Grand Canyon, completing this loop requires route finding, canyoneering skills and traveling through areas with limited water. Park rangers recommend that people planning to travel in remote areas leave a detailed itinerary with family or friends and that they include an equipment list that includes descriptions of footwear and gear that can aide emergency personnel during a search effort.