Climber falls 30 feet from Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo

September 7, 2020

A CHP helicopter airlifted a rock climber off Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo Monday morning after the person fell approximately 30 feet and suffered undisclosed trauma.

Following the fall, which occurred before 9 a.m., SLO City and Cal Fire rescue crews hiked up to the injured climber. Rescue workers placed the person on a gurney and brought the individual to an open field lower down the mountain to be hoisted into the helicopter.

A CHP H-70 helicopter flew the injured climber to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. The patient was admitted into the hospital’s trauma center, according to the fire department.

The injured hiker’s current condition is unclear.

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I too hope the victim/perpetrator fully recovers. I don’t like to see anyone injured in any way.

I am probably going to take a lot of (v) heat for this, but here goes.

Not only is the “injured hiker’s” current condition unclear, but so is the “injured hiker’s” gender. Not an unusual situation these days. Apparently, hotdog thinks “the person” is male. So, I guess I will refer to “the person” using male pronouns rather than the possibly offensive but genderless pronoun “it”.

I interpret this article to mean that I spent money to rescue and haul someone to the hospital due to his own inadequacies. Either he is too (let’s be kind) non-thinking or too inexperienced to do what he was doing without adequate help, training, safety gear, redundancy, whatever it takes to avoid what happened.

I probably spent too much money for this rescue because what appears to be nine firemen (not including the helicopter crew) were too (let’s be kind) uneconomical to carry the litter another 50 or 100 yards to an ambulance. If they had time to get a helicopter there, they certainly had time to get an ambulance there. Sierra Vista Hospital is about 1.7 miles as the crow flies from Bishop’s Peak, not much more by streets (about 2.1 miles), so the time to the hospital was probably about the same with either conveyance. The helicopter probably cost 10 times what the ambulance ride would have cost.

Lastly, with all the fires statewide, I suspect CalFire has enough other things to do without keeping these 9 firemen busy with this rescue.

Time is critical; the “golden hour” is critical for survival. And why waste time AND a bumpy road/ride with a trauma injury patient?

I see a vehicle right there, why not just drive him to the ER?

Sounds like his body went trough a traumatizing injury. Last thing he needs is to be transported via a bumpy hill and the extra time it takes to get to the hospital by ground transportation.

Thoughts and prayers for a full recovery!