Breaking News:

Close
E-mail
Print
You don’t ever want to need to be rescued from Verde Valley trails
Written by Jeff Bear   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:30

On a recent Sunday morning, I awoke to the sound of a helicopter — not an unusual sound in West Sedona — except this one wasn’t just flying by, it was hovering around the base of Thunder Mountain.


Some Days the Bear ...One look out the window confirmed what I had already suspected, it wasn’t a “tour” helicopter on a sightseeing flight. This was clearly a Department of Public Safety helicopter on a search and rescue mission.


Soon after, the sad story became known — 65-year-old Douglas Sims, who had reportedly climbed the mountain several hundred times, fell 60 feet to his death while climbing near the peak.


The takeaway lesson? If a fall can happen to Sims; it can happen to anyone.


I know, because it could have happened to me.


Shortly after moving to Sedona, I climbed Thunder Mountain for the first time.


I was so jazzed about making it to the top that I decided to get cute and climb down a more challenging route.


Big mistake. I got myself into one of those tough spots — a ledge — that people who end up needing a rescue suddenly find themselves.


I’d heard of people needing to be rescued from Thunder Mountain, along with a stern warning that “you don’t ever want to be that person.”

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Aug. 7 issue of the Camp Verde Journal or Cottonwood Journal Extra.

 

amoxicillin no prescription amoxicillin online pharmacy buy cymbalta without prescriptions cymbalta online without prescription buy generic phentermine phentermine for sale cheap propecia no prescription buy propecia online no prescription lasix overnight shipping buy lasix online buy propecia tablet propecia online pharmacy buy valtrex with mastercard valtrex online no prescription legal buy straterra online straterra online no prescription

Verde Valley Weather

Fair

50°F

Cottonwood, AZ

Fair
Saturday
Partly cloudy/wind
47°F / 72°F
Sunday
Rain
35°F / 63°F
Monday
Sunny
38°F / 63°F

Online Poll

Have you decided how you will vote on Election Day?
 
Poll Sponsored By: