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HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY: Summer 2019 SAR Incidents & Accidents, Page I

HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY: Summer 2019 SAR Incidents & Accidents, Page I


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 14 November 2019

 

 

 

HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY
SAR Incidents & Accidents

Summer of 2019 Mountain Safety Review

REPORTS INDEX

 

Page I

 

August 11, 2019
to
September 20, 2019

 

Support SAR

 

12 Rescues of Note

 

Deceased Hiker on PCT above Leavitt Lake

Foot injury, Cooney Lake

Leg Lacerations, Lundy Canyon

Lower Leg Injury, Crystal Lake

Lower Leg Injury, Incredible Hulk

Broken Ankle, Incredible Hulk, Partial Self Rescue

Summit Check, Mt. Conness

Nine Year Old, "Runner"

Diabetic Emergency Between Barney & Peeler Lakes

Medical Issues, Agnew Lake

Medical Issues, Greenstone Lake, just west of Saddlebag Lake

Cascade Lake, NW of Saddlebag Lake

 

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Mountain Safety Section

 

 

September 29, 2019 #46
MONO SAR
Deceased backpacker on the Pacific Crest Trail
Pacific Crest Trail South of Sonora Pass

Pacific Crest Trail on SE Edge of Leavitt Massif Looking South
Pacific Crest Trail SE edge of Leavitt Peak looking SW across Kennedy Canyon trail junction at trail over Big Sam linking with the TYT.
We're on the Southeastern-most point of the PCT at the junction North to Leavitt Lake, behind us, maybe fifty yards Southeast of the trail passing above the SE Crestline ridge above Leavitt Lake.
We're looking SW across the Kennedy Canyon trail junction (on the low crestline below dividing the E & W flanks...) at the trail climing over over Big Sam (far Right peak) linking with the TYT.

 

Full Report
Deceased Hiker on PCT above Leavitt Lake

Main Points
"...a request for assistance from a pair of hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail near Leavitt Lake. The hikers found an unresponsive male lying on the trail. They initiated CPR and called for assistance."

"...upon their arrival it was determined that the subject was deceased. The remains were packaged and transported to the U.S. Highway 108 and Leavitt Lake Road intersection, and were remanded to the Tuolumne County Coroner, as the incident location was just inside the Tuolumne County line."

 

Map
PCT South of Sonora Pass

 

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Views from along The South Flank of Leavitt Peak
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Along the South Flank of Leavitt Peak

Video
This Location's Local Route Options Video (5 minutes)

 

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September 27, 2019 #45
MONO SAR
Foot Injury
Cooney Lakes Above Virginia Lakes Trailhead
Hoover Wilderness, Inyo Forest

No Pics 

Foot injury, Cooney Lake

"...the 84 pound hiking companion of an elderly couple near Cooney Lake had injured his foot, and the foot could no longer bear weight."

"A deputy from the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and a MOSAR team member responded with a wheeled litter and transported the subject to the trailhead at Virginia Lakes."

North Map
NE Yosemite Hoover Wilderness

 

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September 17, 2019 #44
MONO SAR
Leg Lacerations
Lundy Canyon,
Hoover Wilderness, Inyo Forest

No Pics

Leg Lacerations in Lundy Canyon

"a 71-year-old female with leg lacerations in Lundy Canyon. Field teams departed the Lundy Canyon trailhead just west of Lundy Lake and located the subject on the trail."

"The subject was treated, packaged, and loaded into the wheeled litter, and then transported to the trailhead in the wheeled litter. She declined further medical attention, and opted to transport to Mammoth Hospital via personal vehicle to seek treatment."

North Map
NE Yosemite Hoover Wilderness

 

Keep on trucking!

 

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September 13, 2019 #43
MONO SAR
Lower Leg Injury
Crystal Lake, Mammoth Lakes, South of Mammoth Pass,
Edge of Ansel Adams Wilderness, Inyo Forest.

MONO SAR on Crystal Lake Trail above Lake George
MONO SAR on Crystal Lake Trail above Lake George, by J. Bush.
Above lake George. Image by J. Bush.

 

Lower Leg Injury, Crystal Lake

"...a 57-year-old female with a lower leg injury near Crystal Lake. Three field teams responded from Wood’s Lodge, and located the subject about 45 minutes later. The subject was treated, packaged, and transported via wheeled litter back to Wood’s Lodge."

Map
Map, Reds to Iva Bell and VVR

  

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September 9, 2019 #41
MONO SAR
Incredible Hulk,
Hoover Wilderness, Toiyabe Forest.

No Pics

Lower Leg Injury, Incredible Hulk

"...a male climber with a lower leg injury at the base of the Incredible Hulk in Little Slide Canyon."

"CHP H40 arrived at the accident locations ahead of the field teams, and was able to extract the subject and fly him to Bridgeport Metropolitan Airport, where the subject care was transferred to Mono County medics."

 

Earlier Incredible Hulk SAR
July 13-14

 

Summit Post
Incredible Hulk

 

Map
Twin Lakes Bensen Lake Loop Map

 

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August 28, 2019 #39
MONO SAR
Incredible Hulk,
Hoover Wilderness, Toiyabe Forest.

MONO SAR Readying Rescue Gear
MONO SAR, Preparing to load our subject into the wheeled litter for transport. Image by J. Bush.
Preparing to load our subject into the wheeled litter for transport. Image by J. Bush.
 

Broken Ankle, Incredible Hulk, Partial Self Rescue

"a 29-year-old male climber who had taken a lead fall on the Red Dihedral of the Incredible Hulk. The lead fall occurred around 10 am and resulted in a fractured ankle."

"The climber and his partner were able to self-rescue from the wall, and then the subject began working his way out through the talus and large blocks toward the use trail with assistance from his climbing partner."

"A pair of climbers descending overtook the subject, and stopped to render assistance. They were able to construct a carrier from a climbing rope, and carried the injured climber on their backs. Eventually they tired, and called for assistance."

"The group was encountered less than a mile from the trailhead, and the subject was splinted and packaged into the litter. The litter was rolled out to the trailhead, and the subject was transported via personal vehicle to Mammoth Hospital for treatment."

 

Earlier Incredible Hulk SAR
July 13-14

 

Summit Post
Incredible Hulk

 

Map
Twin Lakes Bensen Lake Loop Map

Accidents happen. I once walked over a mile with an ankle broken in three places. Can't really call it, "walking," but I made it. Another time I did a couple of miles after breaking my kneecap into pieces. Emergency movement is sometimes necessary and therefore possible, if painful, especially when there are no other viable better options.

"Good work," to the resilient climbing team executing the self-rescue, including the climbing team that caught the damaged team and assisted them out. Frigging dire circumstances...

 

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August 17, 2019 #37
MONO SAR
Summit Check
Mount Conness
Hall Natural Area, Inyo Forest

No Pics

Summit Check, Mt. Conness

"...two 18-year-old overdue hikers who had intended to summit Mt. Conness."

"As the Team began response, the overdue hikers showed up at the trailhead in good condition, having taken a while longer to complete their trek than expected."

 

South Map
NE Yosemite Hall Natural Area

 

 

 

August 16, 2019 #36
MONO SAR
Lost Kid - Nine year old runner...
Gem Lake
Boundary of Ansel Adams Wilderness, Inyo Forest

No Pics

"...the Team received a report of a missing 9-year-old girl, last seen near Badger Lake."

"The Team prepared to send field teams out from Agnew Meadows and Rush Creek, but shortly thereafter there were reports from the trail that the girl had been located near the dam on Gem Lake, a considerable distance from her place last seen (PLS)."

"CHP H 40 was able to land nearby and pick up the girl, and deliver her to the June Mountain Ski Area parking lot."

 

Map
Look for Badger Lakes Southwest of Agnew Pass...
Donohue Pass to Reds Meadow on the JMT-PCT Map

 

This misplaced kid made a number of miles and took a number of decisions leading to Gem Lake... I am amazed she was smart enough to put herself in an exposed position to be found so quickly, (Go MONO SAR!), so far from Badger Lakes...

Lesson? Never underestimate the complexity of the terrain, and the ability to become lost just a few unthinking steps off of the trail, or out of a known context.

 

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August 12-13, 2019 #33
MONO SAR
Diabetic Emergency
Barney Lake
Hoover Wilderness, Toiyabe Forest.

MONO SAR delivers Patient to CHP H40 from Barney Lake
MONO SAR delivers Patient to CHP H40 from Barney Lake, by M. Quiring.
Down to the Mono Village Meadow LZ. Image by M. Quiring.

 

Diabetic Emergency Between Barney & Peeler Lakes

"...a 15-year-old male with a diabetic emergency between Barney Lake and Peeler Lake..."

"CHP H40 was able to respond quickly, and extracted the subject, and delivered him to a waiting medic unit at Mono Village."

 

Map
Twin Lakes Bensen Lake Loop Map 

 

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August 12-13, 2019 #33
MONO SAR
Medical Issues,
Below Gem Lake & Ansel Adams Wilderness, above Silver Lake, Inyo Forest

MONO SAR Climbing Rush Creek to Agnew Lake Rescue
MONO SAR Climbing Rush Creek to Agnew Lake Rescue, by M. Quiring.
Enjoying the Rush Creek Trail on a warm afternoon. Image by M. Quiring.

 

Medical Issues, Agnew Lake

"...a 68-year-old male who had activated an SOS on a satellite device for general malaise, lethargy, and other symptoms of AMS near Agnew Lake. The Team responded to the Rush Creek Trailhead."

"Two field teams left the trailhead in anticipation of a litter carryout..."

"Field Team 1 escorted the subject down the trail, meeting with Field Team 2. All field teams and the subject and his companion walked under their own power to the trailhead. A Mono County medic unit transported the subject to Mammoth Hospital for treatment."

Map
Donohue Pass to Reds Meadow on the JMT-PCT Map

 

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August 12-13, 2019 #33
MONO SAR
Medical Issues
Greenstone Lake, Hoover Wilderness, Inyo Forest

MONO SAR Boating Across Saddlebag Lake
On the boat ride across Saddlebag Lake inbound to our subject. Image by B. Beck.
On the boat ride across Saddlebag Lake inbound to our subject. Image by B. Beck.

 

Medical Issues, Greenstone Lake, just west of Saddlebag Lake

"...an SOS activation from a one-way Spot device (the device could not accept incoming messages) that was registered to an 87-year-old male."

"The device indicated that the location was near the shore of Greenstone Lake, just west of Saddlebag Lake."

"The subject was located, and his wife reported that he had suffered seizures, and the subject complained of muscle cramping. The subject was assessed, and transported to the shore of Saddlebag Lake via wheeled litter, and then by Sheriff’s Office boat to the Saddlebag Lake Resort..."

Greenstone Lake's on the bottom of the North Map, wedged in to the NW of Saddlebag Lake.

North Map
NE Yosemite Hoover Wilderness

 

South Map
NE Yosemite Hall Natural Area

 

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August 11, 2019 #32
MONO SAR
Lower Leg Injury
Cascade Lake, Hall Natural Area, Inyo Forest.

Daytime MONO SAR Ride across Saddlebag Lake from MONO Sheriff
Daytime MONO SAR Ride across Saddlebag Lake from MONO Sheriff, Image by B. Beck.
On the boat ride across Saddlebag Lake inbound to our subject. Image by B. Beck.

 

Injury, Cascade Lake, NW of Saddlebag Lake

"...a 37-year-old male with a lower leg injury near Cascade Lake. The Team responded to Saddlebag Lake, and from there hiked in with the wheeled litter to Cascade Lake."

"The subject was assessed, packaged in the litter, and transported back to Saddlebag Lake via wheeled litter."

 

North Map
NE Yosemite Hoover Wilderness

 

South Map
NE Yosemite Hall Natural Area

 

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