On May 7, 2016, a man fell hundreds of feet down a mountainside, and ended up in a treacherous spot in North Carolina’s most rugged place. This is the story of a rescue that took hours and a recovery that took months, one that shows how unforgiving the wilderness can be, even for experienced hikers.
Jeremy Markovich: writer, producer, mixer, host
James Mieczkowski: producer
Elizabeth Hudson: editor-in-chief
Music in this episode:
- Closing Song: Baby’s Got The Blues, by H.C. McEntire, courtesy of Merge Records (Durham, North Carolina)
Special Thanks: Burke County Emergency Communications Center
Watch Shug’s video.
A Google Earth rendering of Jeremy’s fall:
In 2018, Jeremy returned to the place where he fell and finished his climb:
…and made it to the top of the Sphinx.
Photos courtesy: Jeremy McWatty