July 22nd, 2010
09:54 AM ET

Climbers rescued from Wyoming's Grand Teton

Grand Teton National Park rangers will resume their search Thursday for a missing climber who was among 17 injured in a lightning storm Wednesday.

Sixteen climbers were rescued Wednesday at the pinnacle of the 13,770-foot Grand Teton in Wyoming during a complicated eight-hour rescue operation, authorities said.

Grand Teton National Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said the climbers were in three separate groups on three different locations close to the mountain's summit when the storm hit.

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  1. Clarissa Spencer

    Okay, let me get this straight. It is against the law for me to use recreational chemicals for the rush, thrill and enjoyment because the government says it is too dangerous for me to do so, yet it is perfectly okay and very legal for me to hang off the side of a mountain by a thin rope or just my fingertips being the only thing keeping me from guaranteed certain death by falling several hundred feet to a landing on solid jagged rock. Gee, makes perfect sense to me – NOT! But wait, it gets even better: if I were to use recreational chemicals and screw up and need help, I'd get thrown in jail or dent to prison but if I hang of the side of a mountain and screw up, I'd get rescued by helicopter and not even have to pay for the rescue. Okay, it is certainly abundantly clear that the prohibition against use of recreational chemicals has nothing whatsoever to do with public health, so it must have everything to do with money going into someone's pocket.

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