Utah Climbers Rescued in Grand Teton

Utah Climbers Rescued in Grand Teton

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(Moose, Wyoming-AP) -- Three men from a Utah outdoor club were rescued from the Middle Teton in Grand Teton National Park over the weekend.

Park spokeswoman Joan Anzelmo says two parties from the group based in Provo apparently tried to beat each other to the summit Saturday when they got off route and became stranded on icy and precipitous cliffs.

Anzelmo said a highly technical rescue was initiated after rangers received a cell phone call from one of the parties that exaggerated their predicament and provided some erroneous information.

The rescue, which began Saturday, lasted well into Sunday with rangers working through the night. Jonathan Johnson and Paul Jordan, both 29, ended up near the Ellingwood Couloir while 28-year-old Adam Dover became exhausted and needed assistance to descend to the Southwest Couloir.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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