Search and Rescue: Big NPS Budget Expense

July 8, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

There were nearly 3,000 search-and-rescue missions in the National Park System in 2012. Here, a mountain climber in Grand Teton National Park is short-hauled to safety. Photo courtesy of National Parks Traveler and Grand Teton National Park

Search-and-rescue missions in the National Park System in 2012 cost the agency nearly $5.2 million, and in many cases the individuals spurring the rescues were ill-prepared or out of shape, National Parks Traveler reported.

The greatest “contributing factor” to people getting in trouble, according to the 2012 NPS National Search and Rescue Report report, was fatigue or poor physical condition. Those factors were cited in 892 of the missions.

Not far behind was “insufficient information or error in judgment,” which was pegged to 735 of the incidents, and then came missions in which the subjects either had insufficient equipment, clothing, or experience (524 instances).

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