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Thu., Aug. 11, 2016, 9:18 a.m.

Second climber in two weeks rescued from Borah Peak

Sam Robertson, of Boise, enjoys the view from the top of Borah Peak in Idaho looking south on the Lost River Range. Borah Peak, at 12, 662 feet, is the rooftop of Idaho and one of 50 destinations for highpointers, adventurers who climb (or drive) the highest peak in each of the 50 United States.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Sam Robertson, of Boise, enjoys the view from the top of Borah Peak in Idaho looking south on the Lost River Range. Borah Peak, at 12, 662 feet, is the rooftop of Idaho and one of 50 destinations for highpointers, adventurers who climb (or drive) the highest peak in each of the 50 United States. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

CLIMBING – A climbing guide fell to his death on the Grand Teton last month; a climber suffered a serious injury last week on Granite Peak, the highest point in Montana, and on Wednesday, for the second time in two weeks, a climber has been rescued from Idaho’s highest peak.

The Custer County Sheriff’s Office says retired Marine Col. Kenneth Lissner of Tampa, Florida, used an emergency satellite communications device on Borah Peak to call for help at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The 56-year-old combat veteran reported being halfway down the south side of 12,667-foot mountain and hypothermic.

A helicopter from Kalispell, Montana, operated by Two Bear Air Rescue located Lissner at about 6:15 a.m. and plucked him from the mountain.

Lissner was taken to the nearby town of Mackay to be treated for exposure.

Emergency crews on July 31 rescued a 57-year-old Idaho man after he slid 300 feet down an ice slope. He sustained minor injuries.




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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