Hiker rescued from Mount Shasta
MT. SHASTA, Calif. —
Siskiyou County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team and California Highway Patrol rescued an injured hiker June 18th.
The call came in at about 8:13 a.m about the climber who was on Mount Shasta. The climber's partner made the call.
The injured climber is 18 year-old Weston Grant of Medford, Oregon. According to the Sheriff's Office, Grant fell and may have fractured his ankle.
Search and Rescue requested additional help from the United States Forest Service "Climbing Rangers" but they were on a training mission and wasn't available. The SCSO's SAR coordinator requested help from California Highway Patrol's Northern Diversion Air Operations Units in Redding.
Grant was found, by helicopter, near Lake Helen on the western slope of Mount Shasta. The helicopter took Grant to an ambulance at Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta.
Grant told SCSO SAR coordinator, Deputy Mike Burns he was making his way up the mountain when his climbing partner started showing signs of altitude sickness around Red Banks. He said they then both started making their way down the mountain using a technique called "glissading." Grant was "glissading" with his crampons still attached to his boots when his right foot hooked on a piece of ice, making him fall and hurt his ankle.
Sheriff Jon Lopey says this is a good opportunity to remind hikers to be careful.
“The rescue of the injured climber is another example of the essential and courageous work frequently done by SCSO’s SAR team and our allied-agency SAR counterparts, often times under the most difficult of conditions. The conditions on Mount Shasta are unpredictable and the CHP’s highly-trained and experienced helicopter crews often rescue stranded and injured hikers and climbers off the face of the mountain in a myriad of climatic and environmental conditions. We are very appreciative of the great team effort that made this rescue mission a success and I am pleased Mr. Grant is doing well and on the road to a full recovery.”