On June 22, 2012, a group of buddies from the greater Sacramento area fulfilled a goal – Hiking to the top of Half Dome. All went well until they were coming down, when one man had a mild heart attack while on the cables. He knew his chest was tight and he was in need of help. His pals got him off the cables and laid him down on the Saddle area.
I know people in his group. Blog Reader and Domer, Don M. informed me of the situation. See a previous blog for his report. They knew time was critical – they gave him some aspirin (recommended by doctors in these kind of situations) then went for help to the Permit Checking Ranger, Scott Sabo. A fellow hiker took some video of the YOSAR helicopter rescue. The Picasa link has several photos, but the last four (#6-10) are video. They show the full rescue, from landing to takeoff. Ranger Scott Sabo is shown too. He was instrumental in this rescue. Update on the victim: He’s doing great … 100% back to normal.
The video was provided by Vicky Sosa who was doing the hike. She’s from Phoenix, AZ. All pix and video are credit © 2012 Vicky Sosa. It was a great job and kudos to YOSAR. I found it interesting that they suited him up in a flight suit and helmet for the flight down to the valley. Pretty Spiffy!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.” – Charles Lindbergh
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com