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Couple Trapped in Cave Burn Everything, Including Their Own Hair, To Stay Warm Until Rescue

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Birthday celebrations are supposed to be unforgettable. Whether it’s a cozy night in or a dream vacation out, celebrating your birthday should be an enjoyable experience.

But for one couple from Idaho Falls, an unforgettable birthday trip that ended in a near-death situation was probably not what they had in mind.

Jessica and Spencer Christiansen are experienced climbers. But even those most familiar with the sport aren’t immune to its dangers.



Spencer’s birthday was coming up and the couple decided to plan an excursion to the Darby Canyon Ice Cave in Wyoming.

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According to ABC News, this particular ice cave is unmapped. Though they did as much research as they could leading up to their trip, Spencer and Jessica couldn’t have been prepared for what awaited them in those caves.

“I spent three weeks, nonstop, to try and gather as much info as possible,” Spencer told “Good Morning America.” “We came up with very little.”

Despite the lack of information about the caves, the couple decided to go anyway. They left their 1-year-old baby girl, Aurora, with her grandma.


Thankfully, they also informed their family where they would be. If they hadn’t, the Christiansens might not have survived to tell their tale.

It turned out that the caves were so cold that ice had formed on the walls. When they ended up trapped in a hole just above a waterfall, things took a turn for the worst.

They attempted to climb a rope that appeared to lead out of the cave. Unfortunately, the rope was misleading and only took the couple farther from freedom.

Jessica fell and if Spencer hadn’t caught her, she would have been seriously injured or worse. The caves were freezing, making it near impossible for the pair to get warm.

As they waited for rescuers to appear, the Christiansens burned whatever they could. Nothing was off limits, including wads of their own hair.

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It was 30 hours before they were found. By then they were shaking and shivering. “The couple was stuck and unable to move,” Teton County Undersheriff Matt Carr told Jackson Hole News and Guide. “They had gotten soaking wet in this waterfall.”



Carr said that he doesn’t recommend exploring unmapped caves unless you have experience.

Thankfully, the couple is doing fine. They are grateful for the rescue and to be reunited with their daughter. “It’s really scary to think you’re leaving a child with no parents and no way out,” Jessica said.

They said this experience has made them realize what’s most important. Spencer mentioned he’d “love to do it again” but said he’ll be better prepared next time.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
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Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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