According to the search team, two women were rescued by Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue after they got lost while hiking the Shirley Canyon Trail.
The women called 911 after finding themselves ‘cliff face’, meaning they could neither climb nor descend, on the giant granite cliff in Palisades Tahoe known as Tram Face, a Facebook post by the research team said.
Before getting stuck, the women descended a 5.3 rock face, which the Yosemite decimal system rates as having two-handed and two-footed grips for every move that are not obvious to a novice climber. They were above about 800 feet of cliffs when they made the call, according to the search team.
Tahoe Nordic arrived just before dark to rescue the women, and according to the Facebook post, a rescue member was able to scale the rocks unaided from below to reach them. The women were clinging to a tree when the rescuer reached them and they were moved to a safer position.
A group of technical rescuers were able to climb over the women and find anchors to create a belay system, the rescue team said, which uses a rope to protect climbers from a fall.
After the women were located, moved and the belay system created, it took another 3.5 hours to hoist the women and rescuers to a position where the ropes were no longer needed, said the post.
The women and rescuers walked to the Old Tram Road Trail and then emerged from the Palisades to rescue the vehicles. The search team said everyone was at the bottom of the cliff at 2:30 a.m.