Missteps in the Park

This Miss Was Better Than a Mile – Hiker Falls into Lake Superior at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

A visitor to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore provided a different twist on the expression, "A miss is as good as a mile" when he fell over a 35-foot cliff into the very chilly waters of Lake Superior. In his case, quick thinking and fast reflexes allowed him to miss the rocks at the bottom of the cliff, but his wet landing meant his troubles were far from over.

Good Samaritans Help Speed a Rescue at Rocky Mountain National Park

Helicopter during rescue
Despite occasional news stories about people who refuse to "get involved" when they see someone in distress, a recent incident at Rocky Mountain National Park confirms that most park visitors are willing to pitch in when things go wrong. Several climbers provided invaluable help when a fellow mountaineer came to grief high on Longs Peak.

Female Hiker Found Dead Below North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

A female hiker who went down below the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park with a friend who planned to join a float trip was found dead in the canyon after failing to return from the hike.

Fall near Buffalo National River Claims Life of Former Football Star

Bluff along Buffalo River
When a serious emergency strikes, parks often rely on help from surrounding agencies for additional manpower or expertise. That cooperation is a two-way street, and the staff at Buffalo National River was recently called upon to help when a fall from a high bluff claimed the life of a former football star near the park.

Grand Teton National Park Rangers Rescue Father and Son From the Snake River After Their Raft Springs a Leak

A father and son who thought they could negotiate 25 miles of the Snake River on an inflatable raft better suited for a swimming pool and armed with sticks for paddles had to be rescued by Grand Teton National Park rangers several miles into their journey when the raft sprung a leak.

Injuries From Fall Prove Fatal to 73-Year-Old Hiker In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A 73-year-old Kentucky man has died from injuries suffered in a fall while hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Ill-Advised Leap from a Bluff Leads to a Challenging Rescue at Buffalo National River

Rescuers carry victim toward waiting helicopter.
A visitor to the Buffalo National River probably has second thoughts about an attempt to jump from a bluff to a nearby tree. His resulting fall triggered a challenging mission for area rescue teams.

Upon Further Review - Let Sleeping Snakes Lie

What do Hoover Dam, cold water and a rattlesnake have in common? They're all elements in a story that confirms the wisdom of a good rule for any outdoor trip: Let sleeping snakes lie.

"Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot" is Still Good Advice

Buffalo National River
A recent report from the Buffalo National River in Arkansas confirms the validity of the old expression about shooting yourself in the foot, although in this case a would-be hunter's miscue had both a literal and figurative outcome.
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