The second day scenario was a report of a missing hiker/climber whose emergency locator beacon was activated overnight. The team had coordinates from the beacon and had a good idea of where to find the subject – about 1000 feet above the floor of the valley. The incident commander decided to hike up with the team to have a better opportunity to manage the rescue.
The team was able to approach the coordinates from below, only to be stopped by a 70 foot cliff with a gaping cave entrance, 50 feet tall by about 120 feet wide. They guessed that the subject was up above and sent a small team up to look at what was at the top of the cliff. The rescuers were able to climb up and located the subject, who was hypothermic from spending the night above 10,000 feet without proper equipment.
Team members rigged the cliff to get more rescuers and equipment up. It was decided that rather than taking the subject down a steep cliff full of uncooperative brush, they would use the cave skylight to lower the subject before evacuating him off the mountain.
The entire team climbed the cliff and while some members treated and packaged the subject, others rigged the skylight for the rescue. The subject was successfully lowered. The entire team chose to rappel down through the skylight, rather than fight their way down the cliff face.