Eaton Canyon Rescue Aids Young Love

A Pasadena teen recounts her Eaton Canyon rescue and how she fell in more ways than one.

Frequent Eaton Canyon rescues are something that local residents often hear—if not groan—about, as evidenced by comments on many Patch Eaton Canyon rescue articles.

While some people are rescued relatively unscathed, others are seriously injured or even killed at the popular hiking spot.

But Pasadena Waverly School senior Natalie Lindeman gave an in-depth look at one of the many rescues that is rarely heard—an account of how she fell 100 feet at Eaton Canyon and consequently let herself fall in love during recovery.

Natalie’s recent story in the New York Times can be read here.

Natalie's tale of an Eaton Canyon rescue with an unexpected silver lining was not the only one that occurred this past summer.

Becki Sue Gomez previously shared with Patch the friendship that followed between her family and an 18-year-old named Adrian after they saw Adrian fall about 100 feet and helped in his rescue.

“It was by no mistake that at that moment on the trail there was a nurse (the woman who assessed the injuries and helped me keep Adrian from rolling further down the slope he landed on), a police officer, and a pastor (my husband Israel),” shared Gomez, who called Adrian a “miracle.”

You can read Gomez’s full account on Patch here.

What do you think of Natalie Lindeman’s story of letting go emotionally after her Eaton Canyon fall? Have you or someone you know been rescued at Eaton Canyon? If so, what happened?

Nature lover February 26, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Natalie writes very sweetly about her near-tragedy, but I hope her story doesn't encourage other young boys and girls to climb up to the second waterfall. She was very lucky to have survived - quite a few haven't.
Jessica Hamlin February 26, 2013 at 11:18 PM
I hear you, Nature lover. While Natalie survived, she did detail her recovery and injuries so I think it can still act as a cautionary tale. However, no matter how many rescues or fatalities we've covered, there are still people that hike Eaton Canyon and need rescuing. Hopefully more people will learn from these stories.
Chris February 27, 2013 at 04:54 PM
The only people -- okay 95% -- who need to be rescued are idiots who don't heed warnings. Just waiting to start hearing the helicopters as soon as it warms up.


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