Here are some basic facts about the Mission:
The party was ascending the North Ridge route of Lone Pine Peak. At approx 13:00 on 5-20-12, one Pratyush Tiwari (23 yo Male) fell approx 50ft when a foothold broke. He was climbing unroped. The uninjured in his party (x3) descended, performed first aid and stabilized him and called 911 immediately.
XX was inserted on the summit plateau at 17:00
XX and I were inserted @ 17:30
XX and XX@ about 18:00
Upon reaching the summit proper, we established visual of the party.
China Lake rescue and Inyo SAR met up just below the summit and joined forces (and ropes) for our descent, and stayed together for all of 5-20 and 5-21.
I(V) was in the lead most of the time and set up 100% of our rappel and belay anchors on 5-20-12. We rappelled aprox. 6 times, roped up for one pitch, and used a fixed hand line for one traverse on 5-20-12. One rappel was 400 ft long, the rest were all under 35 meters.
We established visual and vocal comms w/ the party at about 00:00.
after 500ft more of rappelling, and aprox 300ft of climbing, I was the first to reach the PT @ 1:15. I established and introduced myself and began my initial medical assessment.
PT. was AO4 w/ CC of left ankle pain and left forearm pain.
I performed a Head to Toe and found tenderness upon palpation in the cervical spine and the lower lumbar spine, coccyx, L forearm/wrist, L ankle, R ankle.
I placed a sleeping bag on the PT, and advised his party (there were 3 uninjured) to give him water.
I proceeded to take two sets of vitals.
I called in a SOAP note to XX on MRA @ approx 2:00
XX arrived @ approx 2:15, XX @ approx 2:20
At that point I turned the medical over to them.
We all exposed and treated the most severe wounds (2 possible compound fractures in L ankle, possible fracture of L Radius and compartment syndrome in L Forearm, possible spinal damage) w/ XX and XX leading.
Once PT was cleaned, splinted and warm, we cleaned up our medical site, and advised his party to try and sleep. We provided insulation and shelter as they cuddled.
All rescuers hunkered down for attempts to sleep @ aprox 3:30
Upon first light 5-21-12 we began communicating w/ base, and then H40 for extraction planning.
(at this time I lost track of times of events…)
CHP H40 flew by to assess options
CHP H40 dropped litter, backboard and other gear to us.
we packed patient for transport while CHP H40 flew by in area
Once finished CHP H40 dropped their line, and extracted the PT. XX from China Lake MR manned the Tag Line.
*This was agreed upon as the single best most laudable effort by a CHP Heli in anyone’s memory! 🙂
H40 returned (after unloading PT) to take PT’s belongings and approx 100lbs of our group gear down for us.
We communicated plans to base to continue descending the North Ridge Lone Pine Peak and exit via Meysan Lakes Trail.
we left the site of the incident @ 08:00 5-21-12
we belayed 1 pitch, and rappelled once.
The uninjured in the party went ahead of us in the descent gully and departed from us at approx 11:30
All rescuers were back at the Meysan Lakes Trailhead at 14:00
As team leader I was very happy with all members efforts, this could have been a very long and dangerous technical carryout if even one of the many variables had gone wrong. Everyone involved should be very proud.