Woman climbs Mount Rushmore, arrested for illegally scaling the massive sculpture.
US woman was 15 feet from the top of Mount Rushmore, South Dakota’s iconic landmark, before she was arrested for illegally scaling the massive sculpture without a rope and while barefoot on Friday, according to the Rapid City Journal.
Alexandria Incontro, 30, from Omaha, ignored several warning and trespass signs before taking a route between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, according to federal court documents.
This is the second time in the past year that someone scaled Mount Rushmore. Zachary Schossau, 19, from Michigan, was arrested on July 26, 2018, according to an Argus Leader article. He was given a $1,000 fine and a $30 fee for climbing the landmark.
Incontro was given the same fine and fee when she pleaded guilty on Monday at federal court in Rapid City. Prosecutors dropped other charges of trespassing on property not open to the public, violating a closure of public use limit and failure to obey a lawful order, according to the Journal.
A park ranger and a federal officer responded to reports of Incontro scaling the mountain around 7:08 p.m. on Friday, according to the Journal. When the ranger asked her to come down, she responded by saying “something like ‘do you want me to come down fast or slow?'”
But she continued to climb higher until she was between Washington and Jefferson’s faces — each face about 60 feet high. The officer persuaded her to come down at that point.
After she descended Mount Rushmore, she was arrested and checked for scrapes and cuts from falling on her way up the rock pile. She also had wounds on her feet from climbing barefoot, according to the Journal.
Incontro was visiting Mount Rushmore from Omaha with 19 family members, including her 3 and 7-year-old children, according to NewsCenter1.
One of the most memorable instances of people climbing Mount Rushmore was in July of 2009 when 11 Greenpeace activists climbed the back of the mountain and hung a banner alongside Abraham Lincoln’s face to protest global warming, according to an Argus Leader article. The group had to pay $30,866 in fines and were ordered to do 50 to 100 hours of community service.