The steep slopes are one of the prime locations in the Yosemite National Park and with its majestic beauty, they have always attracted moutain climbers from all over the world. But sometimes the most beautiful of all attractiions can turn into a sight for deadly accidents if proper care isnt taken. This is exactly what happened for a 26-year-old man from Palo Alto, Calif. who was climbing the mountain along with a partner on Sunday morning.
The man was halfway up the Higher Cathedral Spire which according to Officer Andrea Brown of the California Highway Patrol’s Air Operations Division, is one of a series of near-vertical granite pinnacles. And this is where the man took a 30 feet fall down the mountain and was unable to move due to excruciating pain, as officer Brown explains.
The park has a climbing-equipped rescue team and two of its members were transported by the CHP flight officers and they were dropped one at a time from a helicopter to where the climber had fallen. And this was about 500 feet above the valley floor, Brown said. Strong winds are not unusual in the Yosemite Valley and this makes it difficult to climb but despite all these distractions, the rescuers bravely secured the man in an air splint so he could be hoisted up by helicopter. Fortunately, Brown said, rescuers were able to avoid lowering him down the craggy slope on foot. Officer Brown, who treated the climber once he got on the chopper, said about the climber that “He was wide awake, he gave me a thumbs up and he was OK.” As soona as they landed on the El Capitan Meadow, a medivac helicopter was already waiting and it immediately transferrd the injured climber to a Modesto hospital.