• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

Korean Climber Rescued from Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

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Date: February 24, 2009

A Korean mountaineer was rescued from Half Dome today at approximately 8:30 am after being swept downhill in an avalanche yesterday afternoon. A CHP helicopter successfully lowered park medics to the 38 year old patient who was then raised to the helicopter and transported to a waiting ambulance. His condition was assessed by medical personnel in Yosemite Valley and he has been transferred by helicopter to a Central Valley hospital for treatment.  Media calls can be directed to 209/372-0248.

 
People on an avalanche chute
Photo courtesy California Highway Patrol
 
Rangers carrying patient in a litter
NPS photo

Did You Know?

Sierra Sweet Bay

In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.