Your mountain rescue team receives a call from dispatch around 4pm requesting that your team respond to a canyon area for a report of an injured hiker. The area is out of cell phone range. A member of the injured hiker’s party hiked for 2 hours to get to an area with cell phone reception. He reported that his friend, AJ, slipped and fell 100’ down a steep slope and was complaining of left lower leg and lower back pain. He left AJ with 2 other friends and came out to get help.
The hiking group is on a distant trail that switchbacks up a steep canyon wall for approximately 2 miles. It is estimated that they are 6 miles from the trailhead and response time will be at least 3 hours.