New book details spectacular Teton rescue

Sep 3, 2012

A new book tells the story of a disastrous climbing accident that happened in the Tetons in 2003.

A group of 13 climbers were struck by lightning while climbing Grand Teton, and author Jennifer Woodlief says what drew her to the incident is what happened right afterwards.

“What ensued at that point was just a phenomenal rescue by the Jenny Lake park rangers, who had to come in short hauling – hanging 100 feet from a rope at the bottom of a helicopter – inserting themselves into the scene at the top of a mountain, thirteen-thousand feet plus, in the midst of a storm, and save everybody that they could,” Woodlief said.

Woodlief’s book, A Bolt from the Blue, came out earlier this summer.