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avatar Rangers Rescue Climber At Nearly 14,000 feet
July 07, 2011 11:51AM
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (CA)
Rangers Rescue Climber At Nearly 14,000'


The afternoon of July 29th, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ dispatch received a satellite phone call from a rock climbing guide seeking assistance for a client who had fallen while rock climbing below the summit of ice-covered Starlight Peak near 14,000 feet. The 51-year-old man slipped and swung in mid-air on a rope. When he tried to stop himself from hitting an adjacent rock face, he suffered a fractured ankle. Rangers evaluated various factors, including access to the patient, rescuers’ exposure to high altitude, and potential rockfall in the area, and used a short haul, an emergency rescue tool, to move the injured climber to safety. A rescuer was lowered on a rope from a hovering helicopter to the victim below and rigged a harness to the injured man. The helicopter lifted both to a safer spot a short distance away at 11,500 feet, where the patient received medical treatment. The patient was stabilized and flown to Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop, California.This rescue was successful for several reasons, including ongoing staff training, favorable weather conditions, and the use of a B-3 helicopter, which is larger and more powerful than ones used in previous years. On contract in the park for the summer months, the B-3 helicopter allowed for easier access to higher elevations and provided greater carrying capacity, minimizing the number of flights to the scene.
avatar Re: Rangers Rescue Climber At Nearly 14,000 feet
July 07, 2011 04:46PM
I think I saw them flying out, but I'm pretty sure it was June 29, not July.

Much respect for SAR! Those guys are good, but I don't think they can time-travel. Not yet.
avatar Re: Rangers Rescue Climber At Nearly 14,000 feet
July 07, 2011 05:04PM
Found your Cloudripper stuff. Pretty ripper.

Where you going next? Helicopters seem to be following you.... I want to stear clear...



Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Rangers Rescue Climber At Nearly 14,000 feet
July 07, 2011 05:58PM
Hahaha! That was my first time up Big Pine, totally awesome. I'm still sorting through my shots.

Well, if the campground opens on time, I'll be up in TM weekend after next. The forecast is millions of tiny helicopters and they will all be after blood.
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