Lone Caver Spends Night in Cave After Becoming Trapped

January 7, 2012
Inyo National Forest

Photo by K_Thomas/flickr

Rescue groups responded to a call out last weekend after a man was reported overdue from a caving trip in California’s Inyo Mountains.

When the man, who ventured out alone on the morning of Januray 1st, did not return in the evening, his wife alerted search and rescue. Inyo Search and Rescue responded and sent a team out, but were not successful in locating him.

The next morning China Lake Mountain Rescue Group joined the search.

At around 11:00 AM the man was located when ground teams found and followed his tracks to the cave. Meanwhile, a California Highway Patrol helicopter spotted a cave with a duffle bag sitting at its entrance.

Once he was reached, it was apparent that he was fine, albeit trapped inside as he was unable climb out of the hole. The teams hauled him out without further incident.

The moral of this story is not to go caving alone.

CLMRG rescues cave explorer [Ridgecrest Daily Independent]

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Comments (4)

  1. January 7, 2012 at 11:35 am

    The moral is not “not to go caving alone” but to leave details of the cave that is to be visited.

    • Caving News
      January 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

      While I agree, that would definitely be better, I still believe caving alone isn’t a very safe practice.

      • ian
        January 8, 2012 at 7:08 am


  2. January 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Sometimes, solo exploration can be fun, but ALLWAYS leave a frickin call out on the board.

    I’ve solo explored on many occaisons, I’ve had some epic trips, so far I’ve not come unstuck, but, did once on a group trip and had to rescued!!


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