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Climber rescued, cited in Yellowstone

Climber rescued, cited in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Rescue

An Indiana man was rescued on Jan. 6 after rappelling down the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

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.

Yellowstone Rescue 2

Yellowstone National Park crews prepare to rescue an Indiana man on Jan. 6 after rappelling down the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

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.

Photos: Yellowstone Winter Driving Tour


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