Two fellow hikers alerted officials over the weekend by setting off an emergency Global Positioning System locator beacon below the canyon's North Rim, Chief Ranger Matt Vandzura of the National Park Service said.
The Merrell name is famous worldwide thanks to the global success of the Merrell Boot company that Randy helped found with John Schweitzer and Clark Matis in 1981. Today, Randy operates Merrell Footlab, a custom boot shop and pedorthic lab in Vernal, Utah.
A relative of two hikers missing in the Grand Canyon since last weekend says the Merrell Boot Co.is donating search resources to find Lou-Ann Merrell and her 14-year-old step grandson, Jackson Standefer.
"When you're in the wilderness, you don't have your gauze and your bandage", Sevenski said, but Merrell knew how to use natural materials as stand-in medical tools. The Merrell family accessed the area by hiking down from the North Rim. He said his first trip through the canyon was at Tapeats Creek.
The National Park Service says the search for two missing hikers related to the co-founder of the Merrell Boot Co.is hard and complex and that it is not requesting any additional resources at the time.
The North Rim, an area visited only by 10 percent of Grand Canyon visitors, has rapidly changing weather and visitors should be prepared for heat, cold, rain, wind or snow, the park service says.
"This is one of the gems of backpacking in the Grand Canyon", Nelson said. Rescue boats were also deployed, the uncle said.
"The rock that forms the canyon at Tapeats Creek is a particular layer that isn't found everywhere in the Grand Canyon".
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Ground search crews have spent the night at the bottom of the canyon for several nights, although their searches only take place in daylight. The two were with Jackson's mother, Julie Standefer, and Randy Merrell when the incident occurred. McOmie was not on the trip.
Merrell is 'a very experienced backpacker, ' McOmie said. 'If they can get to a spot where they cannot be in the water and stay warm, she's got the skills needed to get them through it. "We are grateful to the people working around the clock and continue to be hopeful", the company said in a message shared on social media.
Search teams will continue their efforts overnight as the National Park Service try to determine exactly what went wrong.
Creeks in this area tend to only see water levels that are higher than normal after it rains or in the spring when the snow is melting. "If they need our assistance, they are aware we have a team ready to go", Wolverine said in a statement released to MLive and The Grand Rapids Press.
'The entire McCallie community sends its prayers to the Standefer family and all those close to Jackson as we all hope for a positive ending to this situation, ' the school said in a statement. Rescue efforts began quickly and are ongoing.
In addition, the Standefer family is flying in specialists from Chattanooga-based Skytec Aerial Data Specialists with a Sky Ranger military-grade drone equipped with extra capabilities to aid in the search. 'We will hold on to this hope until there is reason not to.
Thank you as always for respecting the family's need for privacy as we work through this hard time. On Saturday, April 15, 2017, Standefer, 14, and his step-grandmother, Lou-Ann Merrell, were swept down a remote creek in Grand Canyon National Park in Grand Canyon National Park.
Sixty-two-year-old LouAnn Merrell of Vernal and 14-year-old Jackson Standefer of Chattanooga Tennessee were on a planned trip to the backcountry in a remote part of the park.