Man Survives 800-Foot Fall

Ryan Redmond, 33, of Delafield, WI is in critical condition after a tumbling 800-foot fall on the Middle Teton on Saturday, July 2, 2011. Redmond was telemark skiing with three other skiers on the Ellingwood Couloir on the south side of Middle Teton. He and one of his companions stopped two-thirds of the way up and Redmond began skiing  when he lost control and slid down the gully.

Redmond was wearing a climbing helmet and an ice axe on his ski pole, but was unable to slow or stop his descent. A member of Redmond’s party called for assistance at 10:15 a.m. Two Grand Teton National Park rangers reached him at 12:30 p.m. and provided medical care.

Redmond suffered head injuries in the accident and was evacuated to the Lupine Meadows rescue cache. A team of emergency medical providers stabilized him and He was then flown directly to EIRMC in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  Redmond was unconscious during the rescue and the transport to Idaho Falls.

Snow conditions were considered a factor in the accident. Rangers remind backcountry users that dangerous snow conditions persist above 8,500 feet. Users are advised to obtain the most current trail, route and snow conditions on the day of travel.

Metier Law Firm- Denver Accident Attorneys

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