Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rock climber seriously injured in fall near Squaw Valley

A rock climber suffered a fall Sunday afternoon, while climbing a popular rock outcrop on the ridge near Big Chief Mountain.  The Big Chief area is across the Truckee River from the entrance to Squaw Valley.
Eric Johnson, 23, from Reno, fell nearly 40 feet when his partner’s anchor point failed.  The incident report reads: “failed to secure an adequate belay”.
The CHP helicopter was used to airlift Johnson from the scene and take him to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee.  He suffered injuries to his legs and vertebra.
Big Chief Climbing area near Hwy.89 and entrance to Squaw Valley. (click to enlarge)