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Number of Pages: 224
Genre: Sports + Recreation
Sub-Genre: Outdoor Skills
Publisher: Yosemite Conservancy
Author: Charles R Farabee
Street Date: July 11, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-40-9751
FromNational Parks Traveler, "Essential Park Guide," August 15, 2017: When the Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) men and women head out, they might be plucking a hiker from icy waters, evacuating a climber from a sheer cliff, or recovering the body of someone who wasn't even that lucky. While the technical rescues are pored over on social media, many of their rescues are more mundane: a broken arm after a slipper mistake on the Mist Trail, an elderly gent who is short-of-breath on the Glacier Point Trail, or a lost child in the mayhem of Yosemite Valley. This group trains, trains, and trains some more so it's ready for anything when the call comes, and Butch Farabee has described the hazards, rescues, and history of YOSAR in this new book from the Yosemite Conservancy. He describes dozens of rescue with helicopters, ropes, boats, scuba gear, and even pack animals. There are stories of climbing rescues, fast water rescues, disappearances, and even of animals that need to be saved. Farabee, a retired ranger, also describes the early search-and-rescue days in the 1970s, and how events led to this full-time, professional rescue team. . . . Farabee writes of the successful rescues, and others with worse outcomes. For instance, in 1966 a nuclear scientist, Quin Frizzell, disappeared on a hike from Tenaya Lake to Yosemite Valley. The search involved more than 100 personnel in rugged terrain, complicated by the fact that Frizzle had a top-secret security clearance. Five years later his skeleton was discovered by the author, with bones still inside boots, and to the wishes of his wife, he was buried in place.
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