American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park, Grand Teton

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  • Publication Year: 1961

Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park, Grand Teton (1)—At 1:00 p.m. on June 25, Ralph Miller (26) reported to the Jenny Lake Ranger Station that his climbing partner, Dr. Philip O. Nice (42), of Hanover, New Hampshire, had suffered an attack of extreme chest pain while they were climbing the Grand Teton. They had reached a point below “Wall Street” and Dr. Nice was unable to continue the climb. Mr. Miller assisted Dr. Nice down to the “black dyke” when the pain become so severe that Dr. Nice was unable to continue the descent.

Mr. Miller left Dr. Nice and his daughter there and returned to Jenny Lake for help. Dr. Nice thought the pain was caused by a heart attack and that he should not try any more physical movement than absolutely necessary.

A rescue team, led by James M. Langford, Park Ranger, and accompanied by Seasonal Rangers Timothy G. Bond, David Dornan, Leon R. Sinclair, and Fire Control Aid Fritz Ermarth were dispatched at 2:00 p.m. with the necessary rescue equipment.

After the first rescue teams were on their way, Chief Ranger Russell Dickenson called Chrysler-Avery Helicopter Service at Greybull, Wyoming. Rescue was accomplished by the helicopter by 6:30 p.m.

By using the helicopter, the evacuation was shortened by better than 12 hours of back-breaking work, and at only a slightly greater cost.

Source: F. Douglas McLaren, Supervisory Park Ranger, and H. L. Bill, Superintendent, G.T.N.P.

Analysis: Ulcers were later diagnosed as the cause of the abdominal pain.

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