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Re: Rock Climber Injured in Accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park

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May 21, 2010 02:06PM
Rock Climber Injured in Accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
Date: May 21, 2010

At approximately 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2010, the Yosemite Emergency Dispatch Center received a call regarding a climber that had fallen on a popular climbing route on El Capitan. The climber, a 48 year old male from France, fell approximately 65 feet and sustained head and chest injuries and a loss of consciousness. A second party on the climbing route was able to provide basic emergency medical assistance until Park Rangers arrived.

The climber, and his partner were on a popular climbing route on El Capitan called the Salathe Wall. This is one of the most famous and popular technical rock climbs in the world. In its entirety, the climbing route spans 3,500 feet in length. The accidental fall occurred on a prominent feature on the route known as the El Cap Spire, at approximately 1,600 feet above Yosemite Valley.

Two Yosemite National Park Rangers were airlifted to the location of the injured climber at approximately 7:00 a.m. today, Friday, May 21. Additionally, a team of twelve search and rescue personnel were airlifted to the summit of El Capitan to provide further assistance. Once Park Rangers secured the climber, a California Highway Patrol helicopter assisted in hoisting him off of the climbing route. He was then airlifted to Doctors Medical Center of Modesto.

The cause of the climber’s fall is unknown.
avatar Re: Rock Climber Injured in Accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
May 21, 2010 09:10PM
That sounds expensive. Who pays for all this?
avatar Re: Rock Climber Injured in Accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
May 21, 2010 09:12PM
AFAIK the park provides the service and doesn't charge for it. There was some discussion on the topic here a while back.
Actually if they provide medical services, they will bill your insurance.
avatar Re: Rock Climber Injured in Accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
May 21, 2010 09:15PM
Entrance fees pay for quite a bit of things.
avatar Re: Rock Climber Injured in Accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
May 21, 2010 09:19PM
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Dave
Entrance fees pay for quite a bit of things.

At least a lot of that money stays in the park now.
avatar Re: Rock Climber Injured in Accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
May 21, 2010 09:57PM
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eeek
At least a lot of that money stays in the park now.

80% I think. Some goes to help out parks that don't get much in the way of entrance fees.
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