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2012 Annual Benefit Dinner: The Grand Rescue

THE GRAND RESCUE—A True Story of the 1967 Teton Rangers

In August of 1967, on the North Face of the Grand Teton, seven rescuers, since nicknamed “the dream team”, risked their lives in perhaps the most treacherous “big wall” climbing rescue in American history. It was a time when the climbing culture, equipment and techniques differed dramatically from today. Today, an injured climber could be lifted off the mountain in minutes. In the summer of 1967, it took the rescuers three days to lower the injured climber 2,000 feet into the unknown. During those three harrowing and life-altering days, a bond between the seven rescuers would be cemented forever.

A documentary film on this historic event is currently being produced for television by Jenny Wilson, daughter of 1967 rescuer, Ted Wilson. On March 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the Westin Hotel in Boston, Jenny will show a promotional reel of the film and discuss the making of this exciting documentary and the compelling event in U.S. climbing history.  

The Dream Team (1967 Rescuers):  Mike Ermarth, Bob Irvine, Leigh Ortenburger, Rick Reese, Pete Sinclair, Ralph Tingey and Ted Wilson.