Choosing your Partners wisely in Climbing Partners Posted September 30, 2011 Here's the NPS release: http://www.nps.gov/grte/parknews/news-release-11-89.htm And the report from their blog when it happened back in August: http://gtnpnews.blogspot.com/2011/08/climber-rescued-from-north-ridge-of.html Sounds like a complicated situation to me. I'm not totally sure the descending climber did the wrong thing. They had communicated a helicopter already, and were given every impression a rescue was underway. He felt he could descend safely by himself. If he'd waited around, how long would it have taken them to make 2 helicopter rides? As it was, just getting the one climber off the mountain had the rescue effort bumping up against night time, if he'd waited he could very easily have ended up spending the night up there by himself. I'm not sure the slap on the wrist is appropriate. And obviously the facts aren't all clear, but it seems like calling for a rescue in the first place might have been a pretty irresponsible decision. Neither climber was injured, and they had a rope and set of gear. Calling for a helicopter rescue is putting other people in danger to fix your mistake.