• 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?

American Indians use traditional ignition methods on a prescribed fire project

The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.