Flagstaff firefighters perform 2 technical rescues on Mount Elden in 3 days

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Mount Elden rescue on Oct. 26 By Jennifer Thomas Mount Elden rescue on Oct. 26 By Jennifer Thomas
Mount Elden rescue on Oct. 26 By Jennifer Thomas Mount Elden rescue on Oct. 26 By Jennifer Thomas
Mount Elden rescue on Oct. 26 By Jennifer Thomas Mount Elden rescue on Oct. 26 By Jennifer Thomas
Mount Elden rescue on Oct. 26 By Jennifer Thomas Mount Elden rescue on Oct. 26 By Jennifer Thomas
Mount Elden rescue on Oct. 26 By Jennifer Thomas Mount Elden rescue on Oct. 26 By Jennifer Thomas

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Flagstaff Fire Department had to perform a high-angle technical rescue to help a hiker who was injured on Mount Elden Sunday afternoon.

The fire department was dispatched to the Elden Springs trail system at approximately 12:45 p.m. for a disoriented hiker with an injured ankle, according to spokesman Dillon Winiecki.

GPS coordinates were sent from the hiker's phone to fire department personnel. Winiecki said the technical rescue team was initiated due to the steep and dangerous terrain they encountered in the Waterfall Canyon area.

Rescuers found the hiker about 1.5 miles up into the canyon on top of an approximately 100-foot cliff.

The man was attached to one of the rescuers and lowered down the cliff to a less steep trail where he was assisted out of the canyon and into an ambulance.

Medical personnel assessed him for any further injuries, but he refused transport to a hospital.

This was the second Mount Elden technical rescue in a span of three days.

At approximately 5 p.m. Friday, the Flagstaff Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a person trapped off of a trail. Bystanders reported he also was experiencing seizures, according to Winiecki.

Rescuers found the man 40 feet up a granite cliff face in a cave. They were able to package the man in a stokes basket and lower him to a trail where he was carried a half mile to an ambulance and transported to a hospital.

Winiecki said the man was treated for three seizure episodes throughout the duration of the rescue. No other injuries were sustained.

The Flagstaff Fire Department reminds all who spend time outdoors to prepare for changing weather and to stay on well-labeled trail systems when hiking.  Always bring food, water and a way to communicate.