TERREBONNE, OR -- Nearly a dozen search and rescue volunteers were training in the right place at the right time, this week, when a Smith Rock climber got stuck on Monkey Face.
According to the Deschutes County Sheriff's office, the two California men chose the wrong path down the rock formation, Wednesday afternoon, and one ran out of rope before reaching the bottom. Eleven SAR volunteers were training at the state park and responded at about 5 p.m.; they were joined by five other volunteers, three deputies and Redmond Fire personnel.
One volunteer was lowered to the 26-year-old climber's location, transferred him to the rescue rope and the two reached the bottom at about midnight. His climbing partner was assisted in rappelling off the proper side of Monkey Face.
The two were not injured. The Sheriff's Office reminds visitors, whether at Smith Rock or the backcountry, to research and pre-plan the location to minimize risks.