Injured Chinese man donning loafers rescued from Weeping Rock

ZION NATIONAL PARK — A Chinese man was carried out from Weeping Rock trailhead in Zion National Park Friday evening after he hurt his foot as a result of wearing improper footwear.

At approximately 7 p.m., Zion National Park Search and Rescue team, along with members of the Rockville-Springdale Fire Department, responded to a report of a man calling for help near Weeping Rock trailhead in Zion National Park, according to an email sent from Zion National Park spokeswoman Aly Baltrus.

After a short period of searching for him, rangers found him above the Hidden Canyon junction on East Rim Trail. The man was with his wife and son, and they all spoke little English. They had no flashlights for hiking in the dark and the son was not wearing a jacket.

The man suffered from a lower leg injury, possibly an ankle injury, possibly due to the fact that the man was not wearing appropriate footwear. He was wearing slip-on loafers, Baltrus wrote. Responders carried him out.

“I do not know exactly what happened to the man or exactly what the temp was,” Baltrus wrote. “But it was cold and we have signs out warning of icy conditions.”

This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Just December 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I can see a city slicker tourist, afraid of baggage fees, doing something like this…start hiking in the beautiful canyon and get in over their head. He needs to be billed for the wear and tear on the good people who rescued his dumb butt.

  • Koolaid December 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I bet the tag on his loafers reads ‘Made In China’.

  • ladybugavenger December 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    The rock wasn’t the only thing weeping

  • Festus December 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    At least he had stylish footwear… Priorities

  • InShock December 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Remember, don’t don loafers at inappropriate times.

    • My Evil Twin December 28, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      You mean don’t don loafers before dawn? 😀

      • koolaid December 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm

        And don’t let your meat loaf.

        • That One Guy Maty December 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm

          “…I would do anything for Love…”

  • jan December 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    This is news? How desperate are you for something to write about. “Chinese man” really? This proves the amateur status of your reporters. Good thing he wasn’t Mexican or Black or for heaven sake Caucasian.

    • GladImNotWhite December 29, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Was he actually Chinese? Or was he of Asian decent? Could have been worse, could have used the term “oriental” like most Utonians. I am going to assume that he was actually from China and not one of the neighboring Cantonese countries.

    • mike December 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      I agree with your response. Why bring up that he’s Chinese?

    • ladybugavenger December 29, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Is the President black or African American? First Black President. First African American President.

  • Nice December 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Nice headline! You make a me laugh!

    • Evil twins mommy December 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Yeah I got a laugh out of the headline too. It is funny

  • IN THE GAME December 28, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    “I do not know exactly what happened to the man or exactly what the temp was,” Baltrus wrote. “But it was cold and we have signs out warning of icy conditions.” Yeah, if they all spoke “little engrish” the signs probably didn’t mean much.

  • Big Guy December 29, 2014 at 5:38 am

    I agree with JAN: What on earth did the fact that he was Chinese have to do with the story? What is relevant is that he was a tourist who spoke little English. The world would be a lot better off if none of us categorized others by their race, ethnicity, nationality, religion or sexual orientation. E Pluribus Unum, to coin a phrase.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic December 29, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Dear readers, the term Chinese denotes a nationality, I’m unfamiliar with it being used in a pejorative sense but apparently some of you see it as such? I wonder why? In this case, nationality of a tourist in one of our most-visited national parks is relevant to the story. No offense or disrespect to the injured man or the Chinese as a group is intended.
      I hope that helps and respect dissenting views,
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

      • My Evil Twin December 29, 2014 at 8:03 am

        Don’t worry about the trolls sniveling and whining about his nationality. If they didn’t whine about that, they would find something else to whine about.
        There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with this story, or headline, except for the “donning loafers,” part. “Donning would seem to suggest that he was in the process of putting them on, when he fell, rather than that he was already wearing them for the hike. I did get quite a chuckle over that.
        But to the little people who want to turn everything into a racial discrimination situation, all I can say is GET A LIFE! Why don’t you find something productive to complain about.

    • Koolaid December 29, 2014 at 8:20 am

      “What on earth did the fact that he was Chinese have to do with the story?” I ask that very same question when the story mentions the person is LDS and the ward he or she is in. What does that have to do with the story? Why is the LDS and Ward thing included for stories but excluded when they commit crimes?

      • Bubba December 29, 2014 at 2:32 pm

        im stoopid koolaid but your even dumber then me.

        • Koolaid December 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm

          No Bubba, I relinquish that title to you.

  • asianspa December 29, 2014 at 9:01 am

    The hiker wasnt me, thanks to those that were wondering.

  • ladybugavenger December 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Oh my gosh, I find it peculiar that people are offended by a word like Chinese. We aren’t all the same race people. Look at the government for me you fill out. They all ask for your race!

  • ladybugavenger December 29, 2014 at 10:09 am


  • sagemoon December 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I was interested to know that the man was Chinese. The article could have said “a visitor from abroad” or something like that and that would have been fine. But I also heard there was a nasty accident involving Chinese tourists up by Hildale last week. I think it’s interesting that Chinese tourists are having such a hard time around here lately. I wonder if this man was from the same group? That would make for a lousy trip to the United States.

  • arts and letters December 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    According to the headline he was putting on his shoes at the time. Really? Or was he “wearing” them? A dictionary and a thesaurus would be a good investment here.

    • The Rest Of The Story December 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      You’re in Hooterville now. Leave all them big words and the fancy writin’ to city folk. 😉

  • Nice December 29, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Definitely amateur reporting

  • ladybugavenger December 30, 2014 at 10:37 am

    To all you people who are against printing a race. I’ll let you know my husband is native american and if he was in the news and he was not labeled as “Native American” he would be greatly offended…he is a proud to be Native American!

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