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Squad Responds After Hiker Slides 175 Feet – Pisgah National Forest


Last updated 4/7/2021 at 3:01pm

Slate Rock in Pisgah National Forest

On Sunday morning, Transylvania County Rescue Squad (TCRS) rescued a hiker who had slid approximately 175 feet down Slate Rock in Pisgah National Forest.

The hiker sustained minor injuries but was able to walk out of the forest after being rescued from his fall, according to TCRS Chief Dale Whitlock.

"We had to go up and locate him, repel over the rock down to him and locate him," Whitlock said. "We found him in pretty good spirits."

Whitlock said rescuers were dispatched to the incident at 5:03 a.m., Sunday, after the man, who had been camping up on the rock, slid over the edge.

Slate Rock is located off of the rugged Pilot Cove/Slate Rock Trail in Pisgah National Forest and is near the Henderson County line.

Rescue members rappel down Slate Rock

Henderson County Rescue Squad, Cedar Mountain Fire Department, Connestee Falls Fire and Rescue, Haywood County Rescue Squad, Mills River Fire Department, Transylvania County Emergency Management and Transylvania County EMS all assisted TCRS in the rescue.

The nearly six-hour operation marked the third rescue of a hiker in the state this year.

In February, a hiker fell at Hanging Rock State Park and was hospitalized. In January, a hiker was critically injured after falling 50 feet at Pilot Mountain State Park.

The Associated Press provided additional reporting for this story.


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