Yosemite Climber Falls 30 Feet From Spire, but Saved by Ledge

Image: Yosemite Climber Falls 30 Feet From Spire, but Saved by Ledge View of soaring rock formations overlooking tourist-filled Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park.

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 08:01 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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The second Yosemite climber to fall in the last week is in stable condition after tumbling 30 feet from a spire's granite wall over the weekend. He was saved by landing on a ledge.

The victim, identified only as a 26-year-old man from Palo Alto, Calif., and his climbing partner were reportedly attempting to scale the Higher Cathedral Spire in Yosemite National Park Sunday morning when he fell, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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California Highway Patrol officer and paramedic Andrea Brown said the man landed on a ledge about 500 feet above the valley floor, but was in "excruciating pain" and unable to move.

"He had a pretty decent ledge that he landed on, but there was a lot of vertical rock around him, which made it incredibly difficulty to fly in," Brown told SFGate.com. "He had a significant back trauma and was unable to walk."

Rescue crews were able to airlift the victim to a Modesto hospital, where he was listed in stable condition as of Monday.

Last week, a female hiker reportedly hurt her back while traversing Yosemite's Tenaya Creek. She, too, had to be evacuated by the California Highway Patrol, the Times reported.

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