Near-Fatal Climbing Accident on Mt. Emerson

On Saturday, July 6, a 42-year-old female climber was seriously injured while descending the southeast face of Mt. Emerson, a peak in the Sierra Nevada above North Lake, west of Bishop. Sometime around 1 p.m., the climber fell approximately one hundred feet while she was rappelling off the route; likely due to an anchor failure. […]

Altitude Sickness and Broken Ankle at Trail Camp

On June 24 at approximate 13:30, a 39-year-old male with mild altitude sickness stumbled off the Mt. Whitney Trail and sprained his ankle near Trail Camp (12,000 ft.) while attempting to reach the summit in one day. He was unable to walk and without cell phone reception, so one member of his hiking party walked […]

Downed Paraglider on Wheeler Ridge

On May 1, Inyo SAR was called out for a paraglider who had crashed above Wells Meadow on the Wheeler Ridge. The Reporting Party was a fellow paraglider who described the patient as having severe face trauma. Our team of 11 members was prepared to provide medical treatment for blood loss and possible airway complications. […]

First Whitney Mission of 2013

At 19:00 on Saturday, March 23, the team received a call about a hiker who fell 500 feet while glissading above Trail Camp and sustained an 8 inch laceration to the head. Seven members headed out from the trailhead. It was clear and warmer than we expected, with a moon to light our way for […]