Turns out Batman's hideout isn't so secret after all: L.A. hikers make regular pilgrimages to Bronson Canyon in Griffith Park, home to the hole used for the Batcave in the 60s TV show. But the loose soil and steep rock of the area means visitors often get stranded—so often that the L.A. Fire Department has developed a detailed three-tiered plan for rescuing Batcave visitors.
Plan A involves dropping a rope ladder into the canyon, which the stranded hiker then uses to climb out. Firefighters employed this method successfully just last Tuesday, when a bat visitor needed rescue. Had that not worked, Plan B would've involved a rope rescue with SAR personnel.
Things get dicey when you get to Plan C, which involves helicopter rescue: The soil is so loose and rocky that the wind from a hovering rescue chopper whips up rocks that wind up injuring rescuer and rescuee alike. That's a high price to pay for pretending to be Adam West for a few minutes.
L.A. firefighters insist they've done more than a dozen rescues near the Batcave, and this most recent hiker got lucky, as he was rescued in less than 45 minutes.
But you can't dim the glare of fame, and Bronson Canyon has a lot. The cave also served as a filming location for Army of Darkness, Star Trek, Little House on the Prairie, and the Oscar-nominated Attack of the Crab Monsters.
The only way the canyon could be improved is if they actually hired Adam West to greet tired hikers upon rescue: "After deducing your location from the Batcomputer, I helped the fire department rig my Batrope to this Batcopter for your rescue. Good to see you, old chap!"
Is he free? Probably.
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