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Woman rescued after being trapped on a cliff in Phoenix

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A hiker was trapped on a hundred foot cliff and ended up spending the night in the cold. The Papago Buttes aren't as tall as Camelback or Piestewa but they can be tougher to safely climb because they are just sheer rock.

Its not a place you want to hang out if you don't know what your are doing. A valley woman found out that the Papago Buttes look inviting but once you get up on the side of them you can have a hard time getting down. She was there for a while too.

"She apparently was traveling through Phoenix and ended up on this mountain... and could not get herself down since yesterday morning is what she was saying" said Larry Nunez with the Phoenix Fire Department.

Fire crews decide she's got to come down in a long line rescue. During the rescue a firefighter dropped down from above and attached a harness to the woman. Crews gently guided her out of the cave that had been her chilly overnight home.

"I've worked on drill like this, this is the toughest part, just when you start putting all your weight on that line you have to trust it and then slowly make your way down" described Nunez as the rescue was unfolding.

Firefighters got the woman down without incident and took her to a waiting ambulance to be checked out where she was seen drinking water and wearing a smile.

"Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tempe units did an excellent job. This is what they train for every day. This type of rescue is easy for them, great for her that they were there" said Nunez.

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