Chopper Litter Lift-Near Base of Bridalveil; 5:30 pm, 7/6

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BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 6, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
Between 5:00 and 5:30 pm, I passed by El Cap Meadow where SAR personnel and 2 choppers were stationed. By 5:30, I was at Valley View when a red chopper made a big circle with a long hover behind the trees over the base of Bridalveil Fall, then flew away. Perhaps 5 minutes later, it came back in a similar pattern, this time dangling a long line beneath it. It hovered for a short while behind the trees, then rose up carrying a litter beneath it and headed off up the Valley. Any news on this event?

I am guessing that someone was scrambling up to the base of Bridalveil and slipped on the very slippery rocks, was incapacitated, and had to be lifted out. But other possibilities exist.

My highest hopes for a positive outcome.
WBraun

climber
Jul 6, 2013 - 08:54pm PT
I am guessing that someone was scrambling up to the base of Bridalveil and slipped on the very slippery rocks, was incapacitated, and had to be lifted out.

Yep, .... bad ankle break, bones stickin out and the guy was moaning big time.

We couldn't carry him all the way down because he was in so much pain.

Every bump on the litter he'd scream.

That's why the red chopper 551 did the short haul to the air med chopper for the hospital ride.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jul 6, 2013 - 08:57pm PT
Ball gag or a shot of morphine.

Either one shuts 'em right up so you get the job done.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Jul 6, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
WBraun:

If that's me I want the morphine. Remember that. M-o-r-p-h-I-n-e.


WT

Edit: oh yeah and some Advil too.
treez

Trad climber
99827
Jul 6, 2013 - 09:45pm PT
I deal with the screaming every day, but can't afford the chopper.

Sh#t,I'm on a roll.....
Jacemullen

Trad climber
Oceanside
Jul 6, 2013 - 09:58pm PT
Does YOSAR/ Rangers have ALS capabilities? What counties protocols are they working under (or do they have their own?).
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Jul 6, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
ALS is a Doctor, paramedic and flight nurse level course so I sure hope so ...
WBraun

climber
Jul 6, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Of course they have ALS.

They got everything.

They can levitate people (using the chopper).

They can even brush your teeth if needed too ......
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 7, 2013 - 07:23am PT
Ah yes....the screamers.

Worst one I ever dealt with was an avalanche victim on South Peak, near Virginia Lakes. This guy had been swept nearly 1,500 feet, and was completely buried.....except for his face. (Talk about lucky!)

Digging him out of the deposition was like trying to get someone out of a concrete pour. He was pretty confident "something" was wrong with one of his legs.

I was wearing a helmet cam, and kept it rolling as we got closer to freeing him.....and it was rolling when we discovered his left leg was quite literally behind him...the foot above his head. He had snapped his femur right at the hip socket.

What came out of his mouth as we put him in a Hare splint...well, I was concerned another avalanche might come down from the shock waves of his bellowing.

Fallon NAS came in and flew him out.

I'd post the video here...but...that screaming would do just about everyone in....permanently!


EDIT: ^Biotch....THAT is classic!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jul 7, 2013 - 08:10am PT

Yay for YOSAR again!
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jul 7, 2013 - 08:14am PT
...bones stickin out...

Is that bad?
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Jul 7, 2013 - 08:22am PT
When I read all these reports I feel sooooo lucky as all that's ever happened to me in 31 years of climbing is a few close calls. Knock on wood.
I like to think it was my attention to safety but I know luck had a lot to do with it.
Some Random Guy

climber
Under a Little Pink Umbrella
Jul 7, 2013 - 11:30am PT
They can even brush your teeth if needed too ......
well i know who i am calling next time i forget my tooth brush
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