Joel Tranby Wiki – Joel Tranby Biography
Joel Tranby, A 21-year-old college student has died after plummeting hundreds of feet down a rocky ravine while hiking in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Outdoorsman Joel Tranby was ascending the summit of North Sister Mountain with his girlfriend Monday when he fell 300 to 500 feet to the ground around 12:20 p.m. m., according to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. Tranby was badly injured and his girlfriend immediately called for help, but she couldn’t see exactly where he landed, the sergeant said. Tom Speldrich said in a statement Wednesday. “Unfortunately, he stopped responding verbally before searchers arrived,” Speldrich said. His girlfriend was airlifted off the mountain by helicopter, according to relatives. The area where Tranby fell is “extremely dangerous” and inaccessible on foot, police said.
Joel Tranby was 21 years old.
Falls more than 300 feet to his death from ‘extremely dangerous’ area
Search teams along with an Oregon National Guard Blackhawk team and drones were unable to initially locate it. The search resumed Tuesday when a team of onshore volunteers along with Corvallis Mountain Rescue and Eugene Mountain Rescue helped. After analyzing the drone footage, authorities were finally able to locate Tranby’s body from a helicopter on Wednesday. Authorities are consulting with climbing experts to determine if his body can be safely recovered, police said. Tranby, of Bend, loved the outdoors and was an important part of his community, his “devastated” family told KTVZ. He helped coach the Nordic ski team at his old high school and planned to graduate from college in December. “Joel was doing something he loved, with the person he loved, outdoors and we know that brought him joy,” the statement from his parents said. The family has launched a GoFundMe to create a scholarship in his memory to cover the costs of retrieving his body from the mountain.