Grand County SAR Rescue
Credit: Grand County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue

The Grand County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team lowered a 25-year-old Texas man to the ground just after noon on Monday, March 13. The man had scrambled up part of a wet sandstone wall near the Cowskin Campground before getting stuck, according to a statement from GCSAR. The man’s father called 911 after the two decided it was too dangerous to descend.

The response time to the location, past Dewey Bridge, was determined to be too long for the call, so two rescuers were helicoptered to the site to confirm that the man was not injured. The rest of the SAR team, as well as Bureau of Land Management and Grand County Sheriff’s office deputies, followed. The team used technical rope rescue equipment to lower a rescuer around 350 feet down the cliff to the stranded man, and then lowered both safely to the ground.

SAR officials asked everyone visiting Moab (and some residents, too) to ensure that they have proper shoes for the terrain and think twice before climbing what what you will have to then climb down!