Amber Kohnhorst has been trapped overnight on a remote cliff face in Arizona, and her situation is extremely grave. The 25-year-old hiker has suffered a serious fall more than a thousand miles from everything and everyone she knows. Finally, at least, rescuers are beginning to close in – but what they find on her cellphone reveals a heartbreaking reality.
The previous day, May 20, 2016, Kohnhorst had arrived in Cane Beds, a small settlement in Mohave County, AZ, having traveled some 1,500 miles to reach the picturesque desert terrain. Her reason for being there? She was on a week-long break from her job as an intensive care nurse in the cardiovascular surgical unit at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
A lifelong lover of animals and the great outdoors, Kohnhorst had planned to spend a week staying at an Airbnb rental in Cane Beds. From there, the plan went, she would travel to volunteer at the Best Friends Animal Society, a sanctuary just across the border in Utah. In her spare time, meanwhile, the young nurse hoped to explore the beautiful Arizona wilderness.