Climbing Fall in Pine Creek

PINE CREEK CANYON, May 8, 2020 – On May 7 around 1:30pm, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received notification of a fall victim with critical injuries in Pine Creek Canyon. The victim, one of a party of two from Bishop, CA, was near the top of a climbing route in Scheelite Canyon/Pratt’s Crack Gulley, roughly […]

Independence Peak Avalanche

April 29, 2020 — A party of two skiers, one male, one female, both in their late twenties/early thirties, set out around 9:30am to ascend, then ski a prominent canyon on the northeast side of Independence Peak, near the Kearsarge Pass trailhead. After climbing for several hours, and gaining several thousand feet, they heard then […]

Death Valley Recovery

DEATH VALLEY, CA. April 6, 2020 – On April 4, in the afternoon, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was notified of a possible deceased person found by a hiking party of three near the base of Manly Beacon out of the Zabriskie Point trailhead, Death Valley National Park. An Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy and Death Valley […]

Broken Leg in Cottonwood Canyon

ICSO received an SOS activation on February 6, shortly before our general meeting, from a reporting party in Cottonwood Canyon, Death Valley National Park, who had made audible contact with an injured party above them (out of view) in a side canyon. They reported that the injured person was no less than 40 feet above […]

Bruno SAR

Latest Update, Dec. 11th, 2019: Following a very lengthy multiagency search (beginning Nov 29) for missing hiker Rolin Bruno, which included aerial reconnaissance, drone, canine, and ground teams, an operational decision was made on December 10 (evening) to enter into “limited continuous search mode”. This means that the SAR is not suspended, rather it is […]