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Rescue From Lower Saddle

Grand Teton National Park

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Rangers evacuated an injured climber by helicopter from the Lower Saddle between the Middle Teton and Grand Teton on Tuesday afternoon, August 9th, around 2:30 p.m. Lynette Sjol, 47, of Jackson, Wyoming, tumbled about 15 to 20 feet while descending the Grand Teton and sustained injuries to her knee and ankle. Sjol was part of a guided group climbing with Exum Mountain Guides;  the group was at a point on the route known as "the Needle," about 12,000 feet in elevation, when Sjol fell at approximately 11:00 a.m. Sjol was wearing a helmet at the time and sustained only minor head  injuries in addition to her leg injuries. The Exum guide who was leading the group contacted Teton Interagency Dispatch via cell phone to report the accident and request assistance. The group continued its descent to the Lower Saddle while two rangers who were doing a routine patrol on the Grand Teton also descended to the Lower Saddle to provide assistance to Sjol. Rangers reached her at 12:30 p.m., assessed her injuries, provided emergency medical assistance and consulted with Dr. Will Smith, the park's medical director. Together, they determined that the extent of Sjol's injuries, combined with the distance to the valley, warranted the use of the Teton interagency contract helicopter for evacuation. The helicopter arrived at the Lower Saddle landing zone around 2:00 p.m. and rangers secured Sjol inside for the flight down to Lupine Meadows. Once they arrived back on the valley floor, a park ambulance transported the injured Sjol to St. John's Medical Center in Jackson for further treatment.


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