Yelling for help from the top of Mystery Canyon

August 07, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park
On Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 9:52am rangers were notified of a man yelling for help from the top of Mystery Canyon as it empties into the Narrows. Rangers hiked in with a line gun and gear needed to get a rope to the top of the last rappel of Mystery Canyon and attempted to make contact with the person at the top of Mystery Falls for over 90 minutes with no success and finally cleared at 12:30pm.

At approximately 3:30pm, rangers were notified a second time of a man yelling for help from the top of Mystery Canyon as it empties into the Narrows.  Rangers hiked in with a line gun and gear needed to get a rope to the top of the last rappel of Mystery Canyon. Rangers met the two walking out from below Mystery Falls. They had been assisted down by another canyoneering party. 

The party of two had spent a night in Mystery because they got their two ropes stuck on the previous two rappels and did not have any ascending equipment with them to ascend the rope and fix their issue. The party of two needing rescuing also had no permit for Mystery Canyon and were cited.

Lessons Learned: Get a permit. If you call to request help stay at your location so rescuers can find you. 

Search and Rescue, Canyoneering, Proper Equipment



Last updated: November 10, 2016

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