Don’t Drink and Climb


A young woman is recovering after a fall from a closed zip line tower at Rafting in the Smokies in Tennessee. Montana Marrero, 21, fell from the tower and suffered a fractured pelvis.

The incident report taken by the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office said Marrero, who is a trainee raft guide with Rafting in the Smokies, attended a party with other company employees to celebrate the completion of training.

The report indicated that Marrero left the party with veteran raft guide, John Parkinson, and walked over to the zip line area, which is off-limits to anyone after dark. Parkinson allegedly told investigators that he and Marrero were “super drunk.”

Upon discovering that the tower was locked, they climbed over the wall and up the tower to the second platform. Marrero told investigators that she tripped over something on the tower. Evidence suggests she grabbed the yellow plastic sheathing on a guide wire and rode it to the ground, hitting several tree branches along the way.


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Sarah Borodaeff is the former research editor for Adventure Park Insider magazine and current freelance contributor. A professional ski bum and former zip guide, Sarah enjoys any excuse to talk about outdoor adventures.

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