Inyo SAR Middle Palisade Fatal Hiker Fall Recovery

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 23 August 2018


Inyo SAR Hiker Fall Fatality

Middle Palisade Recovery,
Inyo SAR, August 23, 2018.


"In the late afternoon of the 18th, (the 61-yearold male) texted his wife in Indiana saying he was behind and may need to camp on the trail."

"On the evening of Saturday, August 18 ICSO SAR coordinators received multiple reports of a deceased subject located on the NE face of Middle Palisade in the Sierra Nevada mountains."

"A hasty team of two Inyo SAR members was sent out of the south fork of Big Pine creek Sunday morning..."

"The individual was located around approximately 13,000 ft in steep class 3 terrain and appeared to have taken a tumbling fall."

Image from recovery site
Position of fatality recovery, Middle Palisade, INYO SAR.
Depicting the steep and loose terrain of the NE Face. Photo Credit INYO SAR

"In his final communication with family, the subject indicated that he was moving more slowly than his anticipated pace, potentially resulting in his ascent/descent occurring in the dark and increasing the inherent danger of the route."

"Inyo SAR rescuers packaged the subject and he was hoisted out by H80 around 1800 on Sunday."

"Inyo SAR extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased hiker. The mountains are as dangerous as they are enchanting and this individual had many years of experience in the Sierra."

Beautiful Danger
Finger Lake below Middle Palisade
Finger lake in the foreground with the NE face of Middle Palisade visible in the top right corner, INYO SAR.
Finger lake in the foreground with the NE face of Middle Palisade visible in the top right corner, photo credit, INYO SAR.



Some quotes above from Sierra Wave,
Inyo SAR recovery on Middle Palisades Glacier.



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