About Coconino County

About Coconino County

Encompassing 18,661 square miles, Coconino County, Arizona, is the second largest county in the U.S. but one of the least populated. Our county includes Grand Canyon National Park, the Navajo, Havasupai, Hualapai and Hopi Indian Reservations, and the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the world. Elevations range from 2,000 feet above sea level along the Colorado River to 12,633 feet at the summit of Mt. Humphreys in Flagstaff.

January 23, 2010

What Were They Thinking?

Okay. I'm usually not critical of the people rescued by our SAR team ... at least not publicly. I mean, we all make mistakes. And even the most prepared, experienced people get into bad situations, either by a bit of poor luck or even a momentary lapse in judgment. But COME ON, folks--trying to climb the highest peak in Arizona (12,633 feet to be exact) during one of the worst blizzards in Flagstaff history???

I wasn't involved in this particular mission, but here's the article from today's issue of the Arizona Daily Sun:

Trio Rescued Off Humphreys

Kudos, though, to our SAR coordinator for his handling of the situation. Having the Snowbowl machines line up and shine their lights towards the area--another great idea! And I would think that helped keep team members safer, too.

Also, thanks to those from Coconino SAR who went out on a night like that! It was bad enough on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning when I was up there, but I don't think it was AS bad as Thursday night.

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