Two Missing Climbers on Tahquitz Rock

May 24, 2008
Tahquitz Rock

The team was called out at 10 p.m. to respond to Humber Park in Idyllwild to search for two overdue climbers on Tahquitz rock.

The weather has been extremely foul for the last two days, and I can't even imagine why anybody would be out , let alone climbing on the rock. A short while later we got a "stand down" message because the subjects had called in on their cell phone saying they are okay and were hiking back to their car. I drove up to Humber Park anyway to meet with the deputy and affirm everything was alright. Over two hours had passed since the two climbers last called in, and I was starting to get concerned since it is not that long of a hike back to where they were parked. The deputy decided it was probably a good idea to re-call out the team. As I was driving back to Idyllwild where I can get some decent cell coverage to do just that when Gwenda called me to tell me she just heard on the scanner that the climbers had made it out safely.