Popular local climber rescued from Grand

By on June 17, 2013
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Jim Williams

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Climbing rangers at Grand Teton NP responded this morning to a report of an injured climber who fell near Black Rock Chimney on the Grand Teton sometime around 11 a.m. Jim Williams, 57, a local climbing guide, was leading a client when the snow he was standing on gave way. Williams caught a crampon on the ice and sustained a leg injury.

Williams was able to get he and his client through a technical stretch between Black Rock Chimney to just above the Lower Saddle — a feat requiring multiple rappels. At 3:15 p.m., rangers caught up with Williams and determined the safest and quickest way down was via helicopter. Williams was aerially evacuated to Lupine Meadows by 4:14 p.m. using a ship borrowed from Yellowstone National Park. Neither of the two Teton Interagency helicopters were available. One is on loan to Utah on fire assignment; the other is not yet under contract. Williams drove himself to the hospital.

Williams established EXPLORADUS and Professional Mountain Guides in Jackson in 1985. Williams has led major expeditions to Chile, Peru, Africa, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Tibet. He summited Mt. Everest in 2000 as a guide, following that up with climbs of all ‘Seven Summits’ — the highest peaks on each of the world’s seven continents. He is the first climber to climb all ‘seven summits’ within a year.


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