Inyo SAR Incident Mt. Whitney 8/6

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Inyo SAR Incident Mt. Whitney 8/6

Post by maverick » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:16 am

Inyo Co. Sheriff's Dept:
H-80 responded to Mt Whitney again today for a hiker with altitude sickness. He was located on the trail between Mt. Whitney and Mt. Russell at an elevation of 12,000 feet (pressure altitude) and a density altitude of 14,950 feet. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) had affected the hiker to the point he could no longer walk or self rescue. H-80 was able to make an offsite landing near the trail and transported the hiker to Southern Inyo Hospital in Lone Pine for treatment.
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I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

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