Teens summit Morro Rock but need lift down

February 20, 2015
Photo by Daniel Blackburn

Photo by Daniel Blackburn

Three teenage boys succeeded in their quest to climb Morro Rock, but getting down required help from San Luis Obispo County rescue services. [KEYT]

Dominic Mandarino, Hunter Morrison and Tevor Ziminsky made it their mission Thursday afternoon to get to the top of the 581-foot rock. They said they wanted to do so because it looked fun.

Mandarino’s mother, Michelle, was standing nearby watching. Michelle Mandarino said she and others looked up, and by no great surprise, saw the boys up there.

But, soon after, fire and rescue trucks appeared at the base of the rock, and personnel from multiple public safety agencies arrived at the scene. It took nearly three hours for rescue workers to bring the teens down to safety.

Zeminsky, who got stuck on the way down, said the rock was too steep to descend.

Each of the boys received citations when they reached the bottom. “Tons of police” also yelled at them, Zeminsky said.

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Too bad they didn’t know where the trail is.

they should be charged the cost of the rescue. Its illegal to climb the rock and is an insult to the native americans that treat the rock as a shrine to their religion.

Maybe Elliott Rodger should have climbed a few rocks instead of spending time on his computer.

Congratulations to the boys for making it to the top. It gives me hope that young men like this still exist instead of sitting in front of a monitor playing video games. The rescuers loved this call because it’s their job. That huge rock has intrigued me for ever and they did it, well done.

Success would have been making to the top AND back down without the public having to finance their fun.

but for the fact that it’s illegal to climb morro rock, that they put their lives and other people’s lives at risk – I agree – kudos to the boys!