Helicopter rescue

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Today I invite you to watch a nice video of a helicopter rescue by avid Domer, Pat T. aka Mr Clouds Rest.  It highlights the recent fall by a man on the Yosemite Falls trail.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There must be some kinda way out of here, said the joker to the thief. There’s too much confusion – I can’t get no relief.”  – All Along The Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix

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11 Responses to “Helicopter rescue”

  1. Roberto Hernandez Says:

    I think more people doing these rocky trails should be using the trekking poles. Help distribute weight to arms, prevent foot and knee fatigue, and stabilize downhill movement in particular. A friend of mine sprained his ankle last week headed down the trail from half dome toward little Yosemite valley. No trekking poles, and stepping around some rocks.

  2. Mr. Clouds Rest Says:

    Well. Not so much of a Rescue as a…warning for all hikers, especially in light of the most recent missing Falls hike George Penca as of this past weekend, June 17th 2011. Life favors the prepared.

  3. Mr. Clouds Rest Says:

    This week’s missing hiker (with our prayer that he may he be found safe) report says he was wearing running shoes, carrying a cloth bag and “had very little food and water” and last seen at top of Upper Yosemite Fall. There have been no accidents on Half Dome this year. May that track record continue come June 22nd’s cable-up date. Hint: Don’t wear hiking shoes, bring ample food and water, and be prepared. I heard someone has posted some info and written a great easy-read book on how to hike Half Dome.

    • Roberto Hernandez Says:

      You stated “Don’t wear hiking shoes” Did you mean do not wear running shoes? Guess my 100% wood Danish clogs are out..

  4. Al Laurente Says:

    Now that HD has 24×7 permits when the cables are up, no surprise the unprepared masses tackle the next strenuous hike, Upper Yosemite Falls. I expect more Upper Yosemite Falls accidents in the future. I also noticed many brave souls went up to HD last weekend with the cables down. That’s another accident timebomb waiting to happen also.

  5. Scott Baines Says:

    Sadly, the video posted here was not a “rescue” but a “recovery” of the hiker’s body.

    It seems like the Upper Yosemite Falls trail has more than its share of fatal accidents. I read “Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite” and the data suggests that most of these accidents are the result of people being off the trail. Are they going off trail intentionally (for better views, perceived “shortcuts”, etc.) or is the trail tough to follow? I will be there for 5 days before my HD permit day and was thinking the Falls would be a nice hike to do on one of those days.

    • Maureen L Says:

      The trail to the top of Upper Yosemite Fall is one of the easiest to follow, until you get to the top. Even there, the route finding to the overlook at the brink and the overlook at the creek is not too tricky.

      The day I hiked it (Memorial Day) some guys went cross-country to get behind the fall. They made it back to the main trail safely.

      • Scott Baines Says:

        And you, clearly, survived the adventure. Or you are using some VERY advanced software.

        Seriously, thanks for the info. I will focus my research on that part of the hike. And here’s hoping that Mr. Penca is ok and gets found soon.

      • mrhalfdome Says:

        FREE wifi at Curry village lounge for your post hike emails!!

        Odd how how he could go missing near Y Falls…..hmmmm

  6. Roberto Hernandez Says:

    Hate to say it, but the hiker is most likely not alive and lost in the woods. Odds are, he is doa in the lower reaches of the river.

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