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A long fall that sparked profound thoughts.

Where the Rope Ends

Supporting Search and Rescue & Resiliency 


A critical error while rappelling resulted in trauma nurse, Nichole, slipping from a rope 265 feet off the ground, contemplating her final moments. Where the Rope Ends is the story of her surreal fall to earth, the volunteer-led effort to remove her from the canyon, and everything that followed that fateful day.


After surviving the initial impact, Nichole found herself severely injured on a ledge halfway down a waterfall. Nichole's climbing team, who were also trauma nurses, felt helpless as they recognized the severity of the situation without the means to provide medical care. WHERE THE ROPE ENDS replays the heroic rescue performed by a team of highly trained, all-volunteer search and rescue members.


After the accident, Nichole must overcome physical disability, loss of personal identity, financial hardship, alcohol dependence, and more.


Fueled by the love for her daughter and a drive to give back to search and rescue, the film follows Nichole as she establishes a new, more empowered stance in the face of adversity.

A trauma nurse is airlifted to her own hospital after falling 60 feet in a canyon, destroying the life she once knew and uncovering a life-changing perspective.


Our Goals

Our Goals

Promote Resiliency

At least 70% of adults in the US* will experience trauma during their lives. WHERE THE ROPE ENDS recounts Nichole's journey from trauma victim to empowered survivor while providing concrete examples of how to use challenge as a catalyst for growth. 

support SeaRch and rescue

A large portion of Search and Rescue chapters in the United States and beyond are built almost entirely of volunteers. Many assume this is a service paid for by tax dollars, and are unaware of the sacrifice, training, and heroic acts it takes to be come a member of these teams. Where the Rope Ends is partnering with volunteer organizations around the country to use as an awareness, fundraising, and recruitment tool. 

*The National Council for Behavioral Health

Meet the Team

Since 2017, a remarkable group of film professionals in the Seattle area have generously volunteered their time, resources, and talent to bring this film to life. Their hard work and commitment have been instrumental in making this project a reality.

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