Posted on fb by Inyo County Sheriff's Office
May 31, 2018.
Today CHP - Inland Division Air Operations and Inyo SAR volunteers assisted a hiker who was reported to be between Trail Crest and Trail Camp on the Mt Whitney trail.
The team located the subject; he was hungry, cold, and had sustained minor abrasions from a tumble down a snowfield after another hiker glissaded into him and then left the scene. Prior to that, he had been hiking with two companions who left him behind as well. Two kind hikers that came across him stayed with him and kept him warm overnight.
The team provided him with some food, and after warming up he was able to hike out on his own.
Hiking season has officially kicked off- please do not separate from your hiking/climbing partners. Ever.
The picture shows Lone Pine Lake, lower left. Mirror Lake is out of sight, but at the end of the forested area, upper right. The 99 switchbacks are in the snow field in the far upper right. The same snow field is the chute where the hiker was injured.
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