Temple Crag Fall

On June 15 at around 5:45pm, a male and female party of two were “simul-climbing” (a climbing technique where all climbers climb at the same time while tied into the same rope) the technical rock route “Sun Ribbon Arete” on Temple Crag in the Palisades region of the Sierra Nevada. At about 12,600’ (about 200′ […]

Whitney Hoists

H-82 with two hoist rescues near #mtwhitney yesterday. One near The Whitney Portal and the second farther up the trail near Mirror Lake. Both injured hikers were transported to local hospitals.

South Fork Body Recovery

On May 18 (around 10:00pm), Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a report from a back-country skier that possible human remains were discovered in the Big Pine Creek Canyon (south-fork) area. The following day the reporting party was interviewed and aerial support was requested. On May 20, CHP – Inland Division Air Operations arrived and transported […]

Kraft Search

Search for Missing US Marine in Central Sierra Nevada Moves to Limited Continuous Mode CENTRAL SIERRA NEVADA, Calif. March 16, 2019 – A massive multiagency search in the Sierra Nevada has been underway for more than a week to locate missing U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Matthew Kraft, a 24-year-old man from Washington, Conn. Kraft […]

Drybone Canyon Rescue

On December 29, 2018, H-80 assisted National Park Service in Death Valley and Inyo County Search and Rescue (SAR) with a rescue of a hiker in a very deep canyon in Death Valley. A hiker had sustained injuries during a fall and had “ledged out” in a canyon, unable to ascend or descend. He activated […]