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#54514 - 11/30/18 02:42 PM Stranded Hiker at Summitt.
pcieluch Offline

Registered: 08/29/16
Posts: 54
Loc: duluth,mn
OK I just saw this on FB about someone that had to spend three days at the summit due to weather conditions. Any one out here have more information on this?

#54515 - 11/30/18 06:32 PM Re: Stranded Hiker at Summitt. [Re: pcieluch]
futbol Offline

Registered: 06/27/17
Posts: 78
Loc: San Diego, CA

From the CHP Inland Division Air Operations:

H-80 responded to the Mt. Whitney summit for a rescue of a hiker who had been stranded in the summit hut for three days due to extreme weather. The hiker had attempted self rescue several times but had to retreat to the safety of the summit hut. The crew attempted a landing earlier in the day, but had to abort due to high winds. They waited a few hours and the conditions improved enough for a landing and rescue. They still fought 35 knot winds but were able to safely complete the mission.

This is a great example and testament of why we train in real life scenarios. We are always eager to show the great pics of our LZs and the beauty we fly in, but those are a side note to the great training we go through on a daily basis. Because of the training and experience of this crew, a very sketchy rescue mission was performed safely and efficiently. I am very proud of my team.

Edited by futbol (11/30/18 06:33 PM)

#54516 - 12/02/18 12:13 AM Re: Stranded Hiker at Summitt. [Re: futbol]
Steve C Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7952
Loc: Fresno, CA
futbol, thanks for posting the info and the picture.

This is a repeat of a group was rescued from the hut several years ago. They hiked to the summit in the face of a storm, and then huddled in the hut until the storm cleared. A Chinook was used to rescue them. ...I need to find the link here.

#54517 - 12/02/18 07:19 AM Re: Stranded Hiker at Summitt. [Re: futbol]
WanderingJim Offline

Registered: 02/09/15
Posts: 291
Loc: California
Have they replaced the door yet?

If not, that would have been a rough 3 days.