California, Yosemite National Park, Tuolumne Meadows, Tenaya Peak
On September 26, Marvin and Mary Kilgo (both 42) became stranded about three or four pitches from the top of Tenaya Peak. They requested help. Another climbing party reported this to rangers, who responded by rappelling down to them.
The Kilgos had adequate clothing and equipment, but had limited outdoor climbing experience. The rangers set up a top-rope situation for them, so they were able to climb to the top.
(Editor’s Note: Two more examples of being stranded—for different reasons, but with the common denominator of being in a new and unexpected situation.)