An Indiana man was rescued uninjured from the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone last week, according to district park ranger Klint Powell.
Dave Christensen, 55, of Indiana, was reported rappelling into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone around 11 a.m. on Jan. 6. He was illegally off trail and in the canyon, according to Powell.
Christensen had dropped his backpack near the end of his 360-foot rope and went off to retrieve it. He slide down the canyon wall toward the Yellowstone River and could not climb back up. A friend who was communicating with him from the top through a radio was able to confirm he was not injured, Powell said.
After two hours, he requested assistance and 11 search and rescue team members responded. A rescuer was lowered down about 800 feet toward Christensen.
It took four hours to raise Christensen and the rescuer without injury, Powell said. Blowing snow and below freezing temperatures made the rescue difficult.
"It was a long, slow haul to bring him back up," Powell said. "The rescuer had to work their way up through really deep snow."
Christensen received citations for creating a hazardous condition for everyone involved and for his off-trail travel in a closed area. The court date to see a judge in the park is pending, Powell said.
5 places to cross-country ski in Billings, and 2 a bit farther away
Nordic, or cross-country, skiing is an easy way to get outdoors for some exercise and fun during the winter.
While Red Lodge and Yellowstone National Park offer a variety of groomed and backcountry trails for a range of skiing ability, Billings has some parks that provide quick access for shorter adventures. None of Billings' parks have groomed trails for cross-country skiing, however.
So whether you love Nordic skiing and are hungry for every opportunity to strap in, or you're interested in trying the sport out on a quick afternoon, these nearby trails are worth checking out.
1. Norm's Island
Norm Schoenthal Island: How to get there
2. Riverfront Park
Riverfront Park: How to get there
3. Pioneer Park
Pioneer Park: How to get there
4. Two Moon Park
Ice at Two Moon Park
Two Moon Park: How to get there
5. Golf courses
6. Red Lodge Nordic Center
Red Lodge Nordic Center
Red Lodge Nordic Center: How to get there
7. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
To learn more
Photos: Yellowstone Winter Driving Tour
Elk Wolf Stand Off
Elk graze by the Roosevelt Arch
Bison graze on the football field
Bison graze in Mammoth
Fire and Ice at Mammoth
Bighorn Sheep graze on McMinn Bench
Ducks swim in the Lamar River
Bald Eagle and Raven
Cloud covered peak
Bison Bighorns and Pronghorns
Pronghorn Antelope Grazes
Elk Browsing Bushes
Sunrise paints mountain tops
Snow and steaming water
Pebble Creek Campground
Cloud covered mountain
Bison move through a snowy meadow
Elk Graze near Gardiner
Bison feed in deep snow
Mountains glow orange
Bison at Roosevelt
Immature Bald Eagle
A Bison rests in the deep snow
Bison Bound over a snow ridge
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