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#19968 - 11/20/11 07:18 PM Re: SAR Operations [Re: RoguePhotonic]
Steve C Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7598
Loc: Fresno, CA
Well... since there were no details other than he was taken to a hospital for observation, we will all have to wonder.

This one is unusual, since SAR reports don't usually identify the injured party. Due to health confidentiality/privacy laws, unless he talked to reporters after his rescue, nobody is allowed to say what was wrong.

#20790 - 01/18/12 05:46 PM Re: SAR Operations [Re: Steve C]
George Offline
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Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 202
Loc: California
Partially inspired by this thread, I just started a photo gallery on our ranger organization's web site. I posted a truly ancient series (with an impossibly young looking ranger) of a river rescue on the Kings using a tyrlolean:

Our current newsletter has sent out a call for other rangers to submit photos of rangers out doing their job. I'll try to post any new stuff that shows up here. Otherwise, check in occasionally!


None of the views expressed here in any way represent those of the unidentified agency that I work for or, often, reality. It's just me, fired up by coffee and powerful prose.

#20791 - 01/18/12 06:13 PM Re: SAR Operations [Re: George]
Bee Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1261
Loc: Northern California
Great display of technical/rescue skills! Thank you for taking the time to share these photos with us, George.

(1978 -- whew! That's really dipping into the archives!)
The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.

#21532 - 02/19/12 09:17 PM Re: SAR Operations [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7598
Loc: Fresno, CA
Here is a SAR report from the January 2012 Talus Pile on the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group Website

Operation 2011-18 (Rescue)
20-21 November 2011
Mt. Whitney (Inyo County)
By Dave Miles
Summary:   Three (3) missing hikers on the Mt. Whitney trail.
On Sunday November 20, 2011 at 1520 I received a call from Sgt. Mark Baldwin. Inyo County was requesting our help to look for three (3) missing hikers on the Mt. Whitney Trail. We were to be in Lone Pine at 0700 the next morning. Sheila Rockwell coordinated the callout and Mary Schmierer helped call. Mike Myers, Dan Bishop, Tom Sakai, and Daryl Hinman committed to the search. I called Tim Winkler for details. The three hikers (all in their late 20's or early 30's) had attempted to day hike Mt. Whitney on Saturday. One of the hikers made a call to his mother at 0300 and again at 0812 on Sunday and requested a rescue. They could not find the trail during the night Saturday, and they were in whiteout conditions on Sunday. They reported their position as Trail Camp. Winkler also said that the helicopter would be arriving at 1000 so we should be in Lone Pine at 0830.

We met at the hut at 0700 Monday. With day hikers spending 2 nights in fresh snow, we took hypothermia and avalanche gear. We arrived in Lone Pine at 0830 and were briefed and assigned to teams. Three teams would be dropped off by the Chinook at Trail Camp. Each team was to clear their route and make their way down to Whitney Portal for pickup. We proceeded to the Lone Pine airport and prepared for the helicopter. There were three duffel bags with hypothermia gear for the hikers that would be dropped off by the Chinook if required. Clear skies made this the fastest way to get the gear to the team that found the hikers.

We lifted off at 1150. On the way to Trail Camp the three hikers were spotted on the move from their shelter at Consultation Lake. The Chinook made a few passes to clear a landing spot and then we landed and picked up the three hikers. They were cold and tired but uninjured. They had dug the snow out from under a boulder and built a snow wall. We returned to the Lone Pine Airport. The hikers were evaluated by the two ambulance crews and released. We had lunch with the Inyo SAR team and then returned to the hut at 1500.

#24235 - 05/22/12 03:21 PM Re: SAR Operations [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7598
Loc: Fresno, CA
Inyo SAR and the CLMRG, including Bob R, participated in a rescue operation on Sunday/Monday, of a climber on Lone Pine Peak, where the climber fell and suffered open fracture of his ankle.

CHP helicopter made three trips ferrying rescuers to the summit where they descended to the victim and spent the night. The helicopter returned to haul the victim out on Monday, and the SAR people then hiked out.

Here's Bob's photo report (Thanks so much, Bob!)
    2012-05-20 Rescue on Lone Pine Peak

News reports and discussion of this rescue can be found here: CLMRG assists in Lone Pine rescue

One of the pictures from the set: The helicopter with all excess gear removed, EVEN THE DOORS!, and litter on the hoist, ready to go.

By the way, our Mt Whitney Hikers Association was able to make a $250 donation to Inyo SAR this year. Your donations to the WHA help!

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