Climbers rescued at Smith Rock State Park

Posted: Monday, November 08, 2010

BEND, Ore. - Two men have been rescued from the Red Wall climbing area of Smith Rock State Park.

KTVZ-TV reports 24-year-old Ian Wallace Carlsen of Puyllup, Wash., called 911 at about 6:45 p.m. Saturday to report he and 22-year-old Russell Scott Howard of Gresham, Ore., were stranded.

Both had been rappelling and had underestimated the amount of rope they needed to descend the wall. Carlsen was stranded about 250 feet from the bottom and Howard was stranded about 200 feet from the bottom.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue members climbed to the top of the Red Wall and lowered two mountain rescue members over the edge.

The stranded men were attached to the mountain rescue members and lowered the rest of the way to bottom of the Red Wall. Neither was injured.

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