Big Walls, Swift Waters: Epic Stories from Yosemite Search and Rescue

Big Walls, Swift Waters: Epic Stories from Yosemite Search and Rescue

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WINNER, 2017 National Outdoor Book Awards--Instructional Category The men and women of Yosemite Search and Rescue work around the clock, ready to respond at any hour in any weather. It's not all helicopter heroics and plucking unlucky rock jocks off The Nose of El Capitan. It also means helping the teen with the busted ankle on the Mist Trail, finding the missing child in Tuolumne Meadows, and rescuing the newlywed clinging to a slick rock after her raft implodes.

Most of Yosemite's nearly 4 million annual visitors leave the park without a scratch. For a few, however, a vacation in this world-famous land of cliffs and waterfalls takes a turn for the terrifying. That's where the YOSAR team comes in.

Author and legendary YOSAR team member Butch Farabee relates epic tales of endurance and survival, misadventure and fatal consequences. Also included are:
the origins of Search and Rescue in the national parks, including the U.S. Army's key role;
advice for staying safe in the park;
profiles of SAR pros who do this dangerous work every day;
stories about YODOGS and animal rescues;
innovative techniques developed in Yosemite and now used around the world;
photos and descriptions of top-tier gear used by this world-class team of medics, climbers, and swift-water experts;
stats that any adventure geek will love;
and, of course, plenty of helicopters
A must-read for thrill-seekers, armchair travelers, national park novices, and expert explorers alike. Get the inside story on the elite YOSAR team, and get inspired (and informed) for adventure anywhere


Author: Charles R. Butch Farabee
Publisher: Yosemite Conservancy
Published: 07/11/2017
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.45lbs
Size: 9.60h x 7.40w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9781930238749

About the Author
In his 34 years with the National Park Service, Charles R. Butch Farabee rose from protection ranger to superintendent and responded to more than 900 search and rescue missions; 10 years and 800 of those missions were in Yosemite National Park. Butch was the recipient of the Harry Yount Lifetime Achievement Award for exemplifying the best of the National Park Service ranger tradition. He is the bestselling co-author of Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite and author of Death, Daring, and Disaster: Search and Rescue in the National Parks. Butch Farabee lives in Tucson, AZ.