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Grand Teton rangers aid injured paraglider, climber in separate incidents

A search and rescue helicopter lands at the Jenny Lake rescue cache near Lupine Meadows in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday after completing a short-haul extraction of an imperiled climber from the Teewinot Mountain area. (Yellowstone Gate/Ruffin Prevost - click to enlarge)

Rangers in Grand Teton National Park used a helicopter to transport an injured paraglider Wednesday, and were in the process Thursday afternoon of planning a flight to aid a climber injured in a separate incident. The paraglider made a forced landing in Death Canyon on Wednesday afternoon after launching from Teton Village, according to a statement released by the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton rangers use helicopter to rescue injured hiker on Albright Peak

A helicopter heads toward Garnet Canyon in April 2011 during a search for two lost skiers in Grand Teton National Park. (National Park Service file photo by Jackie Skaggs - click to enlarge)

An injured hiker climbing Albright Peak in Grand Teton National Park was flown out by a helicopter Wednesday after she received medical assistance from park rangers. Danielle Mendicino, 21, of Las Vegas, was attempting to summit 10,552-foot Albright Peak with a climbing partner when she slipped on snow and fell approximately 50 feet before coming to rest in a rocky talus field, according to a statement released Thursday by the Grand Teton public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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