Mt Whitney Missions May 14th, 15th

After a slow few months to start off the year, the team conducted to missions on Whitney in two days.

The first was near Lone Pine Lake. A hiker with possible altitude sickness required help after becoming nearly unresponsive Friday night, recovering enough to start hiking out the next morning, then falling down a snow slope and sliding into a tree. Although there were no major injuries, it was clear that he needed help to get down. Inland Valley CHP helicopter and crew responded along with 4 Inyo SAR team members. The patient was flown down to Lone Pine.

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The following day the Inyo Sheriff’s Office received word of a fatality of a base jumper at Lower Boyscout Lake. (Later the internet said the victim had been “speedflying” but all we know for sure is that a parachute and a launch from a cliff were involved.) Inland Valley again responded with one SAR member to perform the recovery.

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Many, many thanks to Inland Valley CHP for their aid on these missions, and for taking a couple of days before these missions to come train with us!

Posted in 2016.